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

Definition of unabashed

: not abashed : undisguised, unapologetic

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unabashedly \ ˌən-​ə-​ˈba-​shəd-​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
Recent Examples on the Web How fitting, then, that one of his final recordings was this unabashed swinger in which the smooth singer was as upbeat as ever. Star Tribune, "10 moving songs artists recorded while facing death," 15 Oct. 2020 The schedule glut across so many sports has posed an unexpected quandary for Mr. October, since Jackson is also an unabashed LeBron James fan. Marc Stein, New York Times, "LeBron James Is Mr. October This Year," 7 Oct. 2020 There’s no fear here of tempering this to meet outdated expectations, only a fierce love for the culture on unabashed display. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: New fall romances range from fluffy to fiery," 5 Oct. 2020 Dennis Doherty, a genial former Umatilla County commissioner, is an unabashed booster of Hermiston, a small agricultural town of about 18,000 best known for its prized melons. oregonlive, "Oregon hospital halts most internal coronavirus tracking, upsetting employees left in dark about potential exposure," 4 Oct. 2020 Not in the bizarre world of unabashed comments from former NBA players. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Were the 2016-17 Warriors the NBA’s best ever? Here are the contenders," 3 Oct. 2020 Neil Patrick Harris loves to sing and has an unabashed love of magic. Katie Bourque, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Whatchamacallit on 'The Masked Singer?' Fans Are VERY Sure About This One," 30 Sep. 2020 The boy has become an unabashed lover of all humans, eager and happy to greet them at the door. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MASTERSON ONLINE: Furry Svengali," 20 Sep. 2020 That is a good way to remember him, at one with work and God, unabashed. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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“Unabashed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unabashed. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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