from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being abashed; confusion from shame.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of abashing, or the state of being abashed; confusion from shame; consternation; fear.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. feeling embarrassed due to modesty


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  • Hopefully, the $60 billion war funding bill that the Senate "easily passed" yesterday will serve as some some solace from their unimaginable abashment, and they somehow find the strength to show their face at their Memorial Day picnics.

    Democrats Simply Cannot Find the Time to Pass Unemployment Benefit Extension, Because, You Know | Indecision Forever | Political Humor, 2010 Election, and Satire Blog | Comedy Central

  • When, in the middle of the the first season, callow account exec Pete Campbell walks past striving-to-be-a-copywriter secretary Peggy Olson's desk without acknowledging her, Peggy's incremental comprehension of her powerlessness with this guy she's had sex with is documented in her face's shift from anticipation to abashment to acceptance.

    Sheila Weller: Mad Hopes for the Mad Men Women

  • Said they, By Allah, O our brother, we longed sore for thee and naught withheld us but abashment because of what befell between us and thee; but indeed we have repented much.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Whatever you may think of the Hebrew Scriptures as theology or history, they are certainly sound as psychology: far sounder, in fact, than we parochial moderns (who like to believe that the study of the human mind began only with Freud) can admit without considerable abashment.

    Genesis 3

  • On her countenance there was visible neither abashment nor pride.

    Archive 2007-08-19

  • Her mouth foamed with abashment--she spoke, she didn't speak: ecstasies of impossible love.

    "Bone Women" by Eliot Fintushel

  • Carne (who had taken most kindly to the fortune which made him an untrue Englishman) clapped his breast with both hands; not proudly, as a Frenchman does, nor yet with that abashment and contempt of demonstration which make a true Briton very clumsy in such doings; while Daniel Tugwell, being very solid, and by no means “emotional” — as people call it nowadays — was looking at him, to the utmost of his power


  • Perhaps, too, we hear the dramatist wrestling with his own inner feelings, his own longing for mastery of women and at the same time his sense of shame and abashment at male giddiness and importunity.


  • That Longstreet was coming to regard himself as a strategist who without abashment could dissent from the opinions of his chief, the exchange of opinions plainly shows.


  • Without abashment he put his head inside Elzey's tent and woke him with the loud query, "General, General, ain't it about time for us to take another drink?"



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