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shamefast

[sheym-fast, -fahst] /ˈʃeɪmˌfæst, -ˌfɑst/
adjective, Archaic.
Origin of shamefast
900
before 900; Middle English schamfast shamefaced, orig., modest, bashful, Old English sc(e)amfæst; see shame, fast1
Related forms
shamefastly, adverb
shamefastness, noun
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  • The Master said, A gentleman is shamefast of speech: his deeds go further.

  • And for that she was shamefast, in the way of a maid, she looked as one that saw not.

    The Stars in the Pool Edna Kingsley Wallace
  • She is αιδοιη, shamefast; and her adventure is to her a bitter sorrow (199, 200).

    The Homeric Hymns Andrew Lang
  • Then she arose, and stole to herd her sheep; with shamefast eyes she went, but her heart was comforted within her.

  • How can he be shamefast wh he is growen vp, which being a litel inft was begon to be fashioned to lecherye?

    The Education of Children Desiderius Erasmus

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