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shamefaced Syllabification: shame·faced
Pronunciation: /ˈSHāmfāst/

Definition of shamefaced in English:


Feeling or expressing shame or embarrassment: all the boys looked shamefaced
More example sentences
  • Yet this is not a film that apologises, like a shamefaced school boy, for its country's past.
  • Despite the shamefaced grins that characterised the victims' interviews, there was no mistaking their anger.
  • The 600 guests went home, but she returned, slightly shamefaced, and landed herself a movie deal.


Pronunciation: /ˈSHāmˌfāsədlē/
Example sentences
  • This space may be called, a bit shamefacedly, the ‘mud room,’ perhaps to explain why a portion of it is devoted to sticks the dogs brought home.
  • I politely refused at first, but after their urgings I finally shamefacedly admitted that I could only eat food cooked with bottled water.
  • Slowly, perhaps shamefacedly, but ever-so-reluctantly, the rich countries have heeded the message.
Pronunciation: /ˈSHāmˌfāsədnəs/
Example sentences
  • He had christened it the ‘grammatical fiction’ with that shamefacedness about the first person singular which the Party had inculcated in its disciples.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'modest, shy'): alteration of archaic shamefast, by association with face.

Words that rhyme with shamefaced

barefaced, baste, boldfaced, chaste, haste, lambaste, paste, po-faced, red-faced, self-faced, smooth-faced, strait-laced, taste, unplaced, untraced, waist, waste
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