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- n. The characteristic of being shamefaced.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Bashfulness; excess of modesty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. feeling embarrassed about yourself
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A certain shamefacedness appeared on his hard countenance – something like a blush, if that were a thing possible to conceive.
There was a certain shamefacedness in her manner when at last she began to explain the object of her errand.
And thus it is called shamefacedness, because the face exhibits the changes of the mind.
And since this reproach has the character of an arduous evil, just as honor has the character of an arduous good, shamefacedness, which is fear of disgrace, regards first and foremost reproach or ignominy.
-- This odd state of mind, often called shamefacedness, or false shame, or mauvaise honte, appears to be one of the most efficient of all the causes of blushing.
And a little sense of what might be termed shamefacedness stole over him at the thought that this ignorant boy prized more highly his three leaves of a Bible, picked out of the waste-basket, and possibly was going to know more about it than he, Edgar Ryan, had gleaned from his own handsomely bound copy, wherein his Christian mother had written years ago his own loved name.
I have long felt that the issue of modest versus immodest attire has ignored the word "shamefacedness".
She withdrew her fist from the table, dropped the opened hand over the other on her knee, her body relaxing, her wrath passing into a kind of shamefacedness and then into a soft, prolonged laugh.
With a kind of shamefacedness, yet with an attempt to carry the thing off lightly, he told Uncle Jim, while, inside, his wife told the old mother, that the business of the hotel had gone to pot (he did not say who was the cause of that), and they were selling out to his partner and coming to live on the farm.
The thought of how little an enemy could find to lay hold on in his history or present existence seemed almost to bring with it a kind of shamefacedness -- as for experience irrevocably foregone, warm, tumultuous, human experience, among the sinners and sufferers of the world.
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