shame·​less | \ ˈshām-ləs How to pronounce shameless (audio) \

Definition of shameless

1 : having no shame : insensible to disgrace a shameless braggart
2 : showing lack of shame the shameless exploitation of workers

Other Words from shameless

shamelessly adverb
shamelessness noun

Examples of shameless in a Sentence

The actor made a shameless plug for his movie. a shameless display of poor sportsmanship
Recent Examples on the Web Her physical comedy, kinetic and rubbery, constantly shifting and shameless, italicizes everything. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 But not when Gormican’s string of chase-movie stunts and buddy-buddy bonding is as shameless as the low points of Cage’s actual filmography — or when the film turns Tarantino-esque (QT has a lot to answer for). Armond White, National Review, 22 Apr. 2022 Sontag was a shameless apologist for aesthetic pleasure. Design Art B., Longreads, 7 Apr. 2022 One thing to talk about Time for a bit of shameless self-promotion. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 Now, of course, with the meteoric rise of Skrewball Peanut-Butter Whiskey (and its wake of shameless imitators), Americans have become used to the idea, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s a fan of it. Jason O'bryan, Robb Report, 31 Mar. 2022 Buterin worries about the dangers to overeager investors, the soaring transaction fees, and the shameless displays of wealth that have come to dominate public perception of crypto. Declan Harty, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2022 Bragg’s decision to abandon the case means that Trump will be rewarded once again for his shameless tactics. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 Onstage with a mic in her hand, Taylor Tomlinson is shameless. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shameless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 May 2022

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“Shameless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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shame·​less | \ ˈshām-ləs How to pronounce shameless (audio) \

Kids Definition of shameless

: having no shame a shameless liar

Other Words from shameless

shamelessly adverb
shamelessness noun

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