- modest or bashful.
- showing shame: shamefaced apologies.
Origin of shamefaced
Examples from the Web for shamefacedness
His mirth had some superficial signs of shamefacedness, but it was hopeful underneath.The Market-Place
Her fear was very natural, but out of shamefacedness I did not like to retract.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Though modest and retiring in his disposition, he has no shamefacedness.
Let us never grow ashamed of our saving Saxon shamefacedness.Classic French Course in English
William Cleaver Wilkinson
He waxed excited on a subject that drew him from his shamefacedness.Evan Harrington, Complete
- bashful or modest
- showing a sense of shame
Word Origin and History for shamefacedness
"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]