shamefaced

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Shamefaced \Shame"faced'\, adjective [For shamefast; AS. scamfaest. See {Shame}, noun, and {Fast} firm.] Easily confused or put out of countenance; diffident; bashful; modest.

Your shamefaced virtue shunned the people's prise. --Dryden.

Note: Shamefaced was once shamefast, shamefacedness was shamefastness, like steadfast and steadfastness; but the ordinary manifestations of shame being by the face, have brought it to its present orthography. --Trench. -- {Shame"faced}, adverb -- {Shame"faced'ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

shamefaced

adjective

1: extremely modest or shy; "cheerfully bearing reproaches but shamefaced at praise"- H.O.Taylor

2: showing a sense of shame [syn: {shamefaced}, {sheepish}]

3: showing a sense of guilt; "a guilty look"; "the hangdog and shamefaced air of the retreating enemy"- Eric Linklater [syn: {guilty}, {hangdog}, {shamefaced}, {shamed}]


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