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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Game of Thrones has been rightly criticized for shying away from the books’ unabashed love of all things magic and fantasy in favor of Westeros’ political machinations. refinery29.com, "HBO Is Making A Game of Thrones Spinoff & We’ve Got Some Ideas," 9 June 2018 Lucas is the unabashed romantic and his writing just doesn't have the same bite as Alan Jay Lerner's film script. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "C'est magnifique! Saenger's 'An American in Paris' dances its way into audience's heart," 31 Jan. 2018 Bevans is unabashed in indicating the product isn't meant to be taken seriously. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Hot Dog Water: Creator hopes his satire becomes the next craze," 21 June 2018 Wild-bearded and wild-eyed, Mr. Wood is unabashed in his love for collecting. Adam Popescu, New York Times, "Andy Warhol in the Powder Room. Christopher Wool on the Floor.," 29 May 2018 There were the unabashed helpings of male pulchritude served up by the sportswear designers Parke & Ronen. New York Times, "New York Men’s Fashion Week: The Mixtape," 11 July 2018 As for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, his open and unabashed acceptance of the support of President Donald Trump could prove to be a lightning rod of sorts for him. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "It's not a normal election year in Michigan — again," 16 June 2018 The author, who had access to Williams and members of the comedian’s family, is an unabashed fan but doesn’t shy away from the abundant messiness in his subject’s personal life. New York Times, "8 New Books We Recommend This Week," 7 June 2018 In a phone interview, Mr. Coker, 45, discussed the new season’s female directors and Caribbean influences, his disregard for respectability politics and his unabashed love for all things musical. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "‘Luke Cage’ Season 2: A New Villain and Respectability Politics," 21 June 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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