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 unabashed (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 Indeed, Chinese mouthpieces are completely transparent and unabashed. The Editors, National Review, 5 Oct. 2021 DeLonge, conversely, is still an unabashed punk-rock kid — even at the age of 45. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Oct. 2021 Here’s a gentle reminder, though: Being an unabashed dill weed to others is still, under most circumstances, unacceptable. Marina Gomberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 The most endearing aspect of Ozeki’s novel is its unabashed celebration of words, writing, and reading. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2021 While the team is known for its unabashed confidence and dominance, the film shows Rapinoe, Kelley O'Hara, Becky Sauerbrunn, Sam Mewis, Jessica McDonald and more getting emotional while discussing the ongoing toll of the lawsuit. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, 24 June 2021 The boy had none of his uncle’s unabashed self-confidence. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, 25 June 2020 Cry Macho is unabashed in its sentimentality, to the point of being almost too swift about it. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 Dressed in the closing look of Sergio Hudson’s spring 2022 collection, Palmer was drawn to the designer’s unabashed glamour. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 17 Sep. 2021

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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 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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