shameless

adjective
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

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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 In what appears to be a shameless attempt to attract shoppers considering a crossover—or those who are too rich to be seen in a Subaru Outback—Mercedes-Benz has besmirched its once elegant E-class wagon with faux ruggedness. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2021 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon Succumbs to Cladding," 3 Mar. 2020 This is the age of the subscription ouroboros, a constantly renewing cycle of collective (and sometimes shameless) self-sponsorship where everyone can stay in their own loop forever. Jason Parham, Wired, "Everything Is Becoming Paywalled Content—Even You," 3 Mar. 2020 What kind of shameless black woman imagines rape and chaos while a tiny Abraham Lincoln saunters by? Kara Walker. Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books, "What Do We Want History to Do to Us?," 11 Feb. 2020 There's little doubt that Donald Trump learned from both McConnell's procedural shamelessness, and Wilson's shameless public attacks on the first black president. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "The Death of Shame, or the Rise of Shamelessness?," 31 Jan. 2018 Now, with that shameless plug out of the way, on to today's deals. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Get a wireless pair of Anker noise-cancelling headphones for $40," 4 Feb. 2020 Eight small works huddled in the back gallery of 12.26 reveal an artist making an art of shameless beauty. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, "Warm and fuzzy: Marjorie Norman Schwarz’s paintings at Dallas’ 12.26 gallery reward viewers’ patience," 15 Jan. 2020 Previous SlideNext Slide Xiaomi has gone back to its roots as a purveyor of shameless Apple ripoffs, and hot off the photocopier is the Xiaomi Mi Watch, a new wearable that is decidedly Cupertino-inspired. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi’s Apple Watch clone removes everything good about the Apple Watch," 6 Nov. 2019 In their fealty to Trump, many members of the House G.O.P. are entirely shameless and more than a bit bonkers. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The House Republicans’ Slimy Defense of Donald Trump," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of shameless

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

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26 Mar 2020

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“Shameless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shameless. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for shameless

shameless

adjective
How to pronounce shameless (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shameless

: having or showing no shame

shameless

adjective
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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