un·abashed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈbasht \

Definition of unabashed 

: not abashed : undisguised, unapologetic

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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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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 In a lot of ways, the drinking game came to define the series, with its extremely specific humor, bizarre references, and unabashed, youthful fun. refinery29.com, "Why We Should Have All Seen The New Girl Series Finale Twist Coming," 16 May 2018 Ultimately, in Kavanaugh, Trump chose not just an unabashed conservative candidate likely to please his base but one who appealed to him for other reasons, as well: personal chemistry, Ivy League credentials and a compelling personal story. Ashley Parker And Robert Costa, chicagotribune.com, "Inside Trump's sometimes wavering decision on Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 All three are also renowned for their unabashed kookiness. Bill Plaschke, latimes.com, "Lakers' new signings surround LeBron James with a cast of oddballs," 3 July 2018 Even though the recording machine may grind to a temporary halt this year, there's plenty of grease on the gears of their unabashed brand of jubilant, deliberately grimey rock and roll to keep them running strong. Aaron Davis, sacbee, "Three to see: Summer heats up with electric artists," 29 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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