immodest

[ih-mod-ist]
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  1. not modest in conduct, utterance, etc.; indecent; shameless.
  2. not modest in assertion or pretension; forward; impudent.

Origin of immodest

First recorded in 1560–70, immodest is from the Latin word immodestus unrestrained, immoderate. See im-2, modest
Related formsim·mod·est·ly, adverbim·mod·es·ty, noun

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immodest

adjective
  1. indecent, esp with regard to sexual propriety; improper
  2. bold, impudent, or shameless
Derived Formsimmodestly, adverbimmodesty, noun
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Word Origin and History for immodesty
n.

1590s, from Latin immodestia "intemperate conduct," from immodestus (see immodest).

immodest

adj.

1560s, "arrogant, impudent, pretentious," from Latin immodestus "unrestrained, excessive," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + modestus (see modest). Meaning "indecent" is from 1580s. Related: immodestly.

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