There was surely some shamefacedness in this, some overstrained modesty which she, Mrs. Masters, could not comprehend.
Let us never grow ashamed of our saving Saxon shamefacedness.
Self-love and shamefacedness prevented me from using my common sense.
His mirth had some superficial signs of shamefacedness, but it was hopeful underneath.
In prayer, the shamefacedness (αναιδεια) that shrinks from giving trouble should have absolutely no place.
From the fame and memory of him that begot me, shamefacedness, and manlike behaviour.
And across her mind there flitted a fragment of the wedding-prayer, "in shamefacedness grave."
Mamma owned, with some shamefacedness, it was a bottle of her cordial water and a cake which she had bid Betty make.
For with Nipper and his class emotion or shamefacedness of any kind always in the first instance produces additional dourness.
When he was with them, a lad's shamefacedness, no less than the friction of everyday life, had half hidden it.
"modest, bashful," 1550s, folk etymology alteration of shamefast, from Old English scamfæst "bashful," literally "restrained by shame," or else "firm in modesty," from shame (n.) + -fæst, adjectival suffix (see fast (adj.)). Related: Shamefacedly; shamefacedness.
shamefaced, -fast. It is true that the second is the original form, that -faced is due to a mistake, & that the notion attached to the word is necessarily affected in some slight degree by the change. But those who, in the flush of this discovery, would revert to -fast in ordinary use are rightly rewarded with the name of pedants .... [Fowler]