un·​abashed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈbasht How to pronounce unabashed (audio) \

Definition of unabashed

: not abashed : undisguised, unapologetic

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unabashedly \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈbash-​əd-​lē How to pronounce unabashedly (audio) \ adverb

The Difference Between Abashed and Unabashed

When you are unabashed, you make no apologies for your behavior, but when you are abashed, your confidence has been shaken and you may feel rather inferior or ashamed of yourself. English speakers have been using abashed to describe feelings of embarrassment since the 14th century, but they have only used unabashed (brazenly or otherwise) since the late 1500s. Both words can be traced back to the Anglo-French word abair, meaning "to astonish."

Examples of unabashed in a Sentence

She is an unabashed supporter of the president's policies. unabashed by their booing and hissing, he continued with his musical performance

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There was something pure about my fandom, an unabashed teen longing that didn’t know to hold back. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Superfans: A Love Story," 9 Sep. 2019 On the right side of the aisle, the move hasn’t been greeted with the same unabashed support. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Cherokee Nation Is Coming to Congress," 26 Aug. 2019 Since coming to power in 2005, Morales has been unabashed about his origins and his desire to uplift his country’s most marginalized. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The Amazon fires put spotlight on two rival leaders," 27 Aug. 2019 The Hoover Institution’s Peter Robinson, a Reagan speechwriter, provided details of the unabashed quid pro quo, outlined in a 1983 KGB memorandum. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Democrats Are the True Election Meddlers," 15 Aug. 2019 Paltrow and Falchuk even exchanged some unabashed PDA in front of Martin and Johnson. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exes Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Go on a Double Date With Their Partners," 8 Aug. 2019 The guardianship ruse, which ProPublica believes is taking place elsewhere, is an unabashed gaming of the system. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: On saving a former church and another college scandal," 2 Aug. 2019 What Trump seems to have developed here is a kind of full-saturation, totally unabashed flaunting of impunity as something to be worn as a badge of honor. Greg Sargent, The Denver Post, "Sargent: New disclosures about lewd Trump video reveal his mastery of GOP," 11 July 2019 During the French Revolution, the animal was a symbol of vigilance; now, its traits—unabashed, proud, possessing a fighting spirit—serve as a down-and-dirty counterpart to serene Marianne, symbol of the Republic. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "A French rooster called Maurice is being sued by his neighbors," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of unabashed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unabashed

Middle English unabaiste, from un- + abaiste, past participle of abaissen, abaishen to abash

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English Language Learners Definition of unabashed

: not embarrassed or ashamed about openly expressing strong feelings or opinions

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