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 is a lot of unabashed fun in the dancing, and though Rousséve wisely avoids any kind of linear storytelling, there is a good deal of loneliness too, and pain. Janine Parker, BostonGlobe.com, "David Roussève’s REALITY pays tribute to an unsung hero," 5 July 2019 The magazine set itself apart as a cultural beacon for decades with its unabashed tendency to make fun of anything and push conventional boundaries. Rachel Lerman, USA TODAY, "MAD magazine, a 67-year satirical touchstone, will disappear from newsstands," 4 July 2019 The right-wing Fox News anchor known for his unabashed white nationalism was among the skeptics who privately urged President Trump not to launch a military strike against Iran last week. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Can Trump put out the fire he started?," 24 June 2019 Usually Hannah’s desire for freedom expresses itself through unabashed goofiness (see: her fake history tour throughout Boston with Jed Wyatt) or straight-forward dismissals like the one Scott Anderson suffered in the premiere. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Tyler Cameron Just Became The Bachelorette’s Front-Runner — Here's How," 6 June 2019 On foot, of course, with a white man and a donkey in tow, women walking partners were met with unabashed curiosity. National Geographic, "Could a woman walk around the world today?," 5 Apr. 2019 Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, has become infamous for his ruthless crackdown on refugees and embrace of an unabashed nationalism. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy," 27 Feb. 2018 The unabashed white nationalism of the president isn’t new, nor is his policy of collective punishment of entire nations of people. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "People calling Trump a racist, but will it affect him at the ballot box?," 12 Jan. 2018 Nguyen is an unabashed and enthusiastic lover of supermarkets, and her recipes evolve once new ingredients hit the mass market. SFChronicle.com, "Our favorite cookbooks of 2019, so far," 21 June 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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