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 Milton was having none of Hutson’s shameless, clandestine, backroom politicking and immediately began rallying his own political constituency. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "McKenzie Milton uses platform to lobby politicians for Name, Image and Likeness | Commentary," 3 May 2021 What does any of that have to do with the banishment of an all-time-great player — and shameless liar — who bet illegally and in violation of a sacred league rule on games involving his own team? Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Sun-Times' Greenberg to Major League Baseball: Make Pete Rose 'Chief Parlay Officer'," 21 Apr. 2021 Everyone, that is, except for its shameless and cynical creators. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Soccer Is Broken. The European Super League Proves It.," 20 Apr. 2021 Many Israelis view the spending as indicative of a more fundamental culture of shameless corruption in the prime minister’s residence. Washington Post, "Five ways that ‘political fox’ Netanyahu has clung to power," 23 Mar. 2021 Remember back in 2018 when every single Android phone was an embarrassingly shameless iPhone X copycat? Zach Epstein, BGR, "OnePlus 9 Pro vs. OnePlus 9 review: Comparing 2021’s most impressive Androids," 23 Mar. 2021 But Nobody's best instincts fall victim to shameless franchising. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Bob Odenkirk is maybe too convincing as a grim action hero in Nobody: Review," 22 Mar. 2021 In addition to being a beloved and influential preacher, the Rev. C.L. Franklin was a drinker, a bully and a shameless philanderer. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: National Geographic’s Aretha Franklin miniseries misses its groove," 19 Mar. 2021 Black film culture has changed since 1988: Murphy has become a sage wit, and Spike Lee epitomizes the shameless race hustling of the moment. Armond White, National Review, "Eddie Murphy’s Triumphant Quest for Entertainment," 12 Mar. 2021

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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 2021

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“Shameless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shameless. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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shameless

adjective

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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