barefaced

adjective

bare·​faced ˈber-ˈfāst How to pronounce barefaced (audio)
1
: having the face uncovered:
a
: having no whiskers : beardless
b
: wearing no mask
2
a
: open, unconcealed
barefaced impudence
b
: having or showing a lack of scruples
a barefaced lie
barefacedly
ˈber-ˈfā-səd-lē How to pronounce barefaced (audio)
-ˈfāst-lē
adverb
barefacedness
ˈber-ˈfā-səd-nəs How to pronounce barefaced (audio)
-ˈfās(t)-nəs
noun

Examples of barefaced in a Sentence

a barefaced challenge for a fight
Recent Examples on the Web In one clip from PBS NewsHour, a barefaced Pence could be seen elbow-bumping and chatting with multiple people inside the clinic. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2020 That act of barefaced deception drew Argentina level. CNN, 4 Apr. 2018 However, the Heitkamps were not taking this barefaced truth sitting down. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 16 Mar. 2018 The production also favors a barefaced and bare-chested homoeroticism. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 29 Sep. 2017 How does a man whose first true introduction into the American consciousness was a barefaced lie about the crowd size at the president’s inauguration become the surprise guest at this year’s Emmy Awards, only to make a joke about said lie? Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, 18 Sep. 2017 For followers fluent in Portuguese that means confessional videos where a barefaced Trindade provides comic reviews of her favorite products, outlines her favorite outfits, and takes trips to the tattoo parlor to add more body ink. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2017 Teigen said, displaying her barefaced skin with blemishes on her nose, chin and forehead. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, 1 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of barefaced was in 1590

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“Barefaced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barefaced. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

barefaced

adjective
bare·​faced -ˈfāst How to pronounce barefaced (audio)
: not pretending to be anything else : not appearing to be something different
a barefaced lie
a barefaced liar
barefacedly
-ˈfā-səd-lē How to pronounce barefaced (audio)
-fāst-lē
adverb
barefacedness
-ˈfā-səd-nəs How to pronounce barefaced (audio)
-ˈfās(t)-nəs
noun

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