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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The video is nothing if not a statement of ownership and unabashed pride in holding on to a space, a claim to the complicated position of mastery and the role of a master. Kaitlyn Greenidge, Glamour, "In the Louvre, Beyoncé Proves There's Power in Repurposing Art History," 18 June 2018 The contrast in the candidates could not be [starker]: Mr. Cruz is the personification of Tea Party Republican activism, and Mr. O’Rourke is running as an unabashed progressive. Fox News, "Video from 2011 creates headaches for Sinema," 12 Oct. 2018 Autofiction emerged at a time that felt like a historical correction, a period of unabashed idealism that placed us firmly at the center of our own destinies. Megan O’grady, New York Times, "Read Any Antisocial Novels Lately?," 10 May 2018 The American ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, is an unabashed supporter of Israeli settlements. Gregg Carlstrom, Newsweek, "The Fall of Benjamin Netanyahu and the Future of Israel," 15 Mar. 2018 Malik is not alone in his unabashed love of man cleavage. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Zayn Malik Takes a Page Out of Harry Styles’s Playbook," 13 Dec. 2018 Republican Ron DeSantis campaigned as an unabashed acolyte of President Trump’s nationalist politics. Reid J. Epstein And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Florida Governor’s Race: ‘Two Polar Opposites’ in the Trump Era," 29 Aug. 2018 By placing an unabashed acolyte of President Trump at the top of the ticket, Virginia Republicans have energized their base but may have complicated GOP efforts to hang on to four crucial House seats, analysts said Wednesday. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Corey Stewart’s Senate nomination could reverberate down the ballot in Virginia," 13 June 2018 With the holidays officially kicked into high gear, getting ready for a festive night out affords one the opportunity to have some unabashed fun while primping. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Pulls Off the Easiest (and Prettiest!) Holiday Hair Trick Yet," 21 Dec. 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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