un·​abashed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈbasht \

Definition of unabashed

: not abashed : undisguised, unapologetic

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Other Words from unabashed

unabashedly \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈbash-​əd-​lē \ 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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Malik is not alone in his unabashed love of man cleavage. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zayn Malik Takes a Page Out of Harry Styles’s Playbook," 13 Dec. 2018 Republican Ron DeSantis campaigned as an unabashed acolyte of President Trump’s nationalist politics. Reid J. Epstein And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Florida Governor’s Race: ‘Two Polar Opposites’ in the Trump Era," 29 Aug. 2018 By placing an unabashed acolyte of President Trump at the top of the ticket, Virginia Republicans have energized their base but may have complicated GOP efforts to hang on to four crucial House seats, analysts said Wednesday. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Corey Stewart’s Senate nomination could reverberate down the ballot in Virginia," 13 June 2018 With the holidays officially kicked into high gear, getting ready for a festive night out affords one the opportunity to have some unabashed fun while primping. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Pulls Off the Easiest (and Prettiest!) Holiday Hair Trick Yet," 21 Dec. 2018 Directed by James Wan — the master of high-octane nightmare fuel like Insidious, The Conjuring and Saw — Aquaman contains moments of pure joy, stylish fight-sequence hairography, and unabashed fidelity to cheese and fantasy. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Aquaman goes for broke and lands somewhere between overstuffed marine opera and cheesy comic book fun," 11 Dec. 2018 Betty Reid Soskin, Lifetime Achievement As the oldest career National Park Service Ranger, 97-year-old Betty Reid Soskin is unabashed about revealing all of America's history—and her optimism about our future. Glamour, "Meet the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year," 30 Oct. 2018 The rapper has been unabashed in her feelings regarding sexism, feminism, and the importance of embracing your identity. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Coachella 2018: 13 Indie Artists and Smaller Acts You Should See," 10 Apr. 2018 Some of them turned from relatively independent outlets into unabashed supporters of the government, with copious state and government advertising. Pablo Gorondi, The Seattle Times, "Huge pro-government media conglomerate formed in Hungary," 28 Nov. 2018

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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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excited commotion or publicity

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