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  1. lacking any sense of shame: immodest; audacious.
  2. insensible to disgrace.
  3. showing no shame.
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Origin of shameless

before 900; Middle English; Old English sceamlēas. See shame, -less
Related formsshame·less·ly, adverbshame·less·ness, noun
Can be confusedshameless shameful


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1. brazen, indecent, impudent, bold, unabashed, unashamed. 2. hardened, unprincipled, corrupt.


1. modest.
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  1. having no sense of shame; brazen
  2. done without shame; without decency or modesty
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Derived Formsshamelessly, adverbshamelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shameless


Old English scamleas "shameless, impudent, immodest;" see shame (n.) + -less. Related: Shamelessly; shamelessness. Cf. Old Norse skammlauss, Dutch schaamteloos, Old High German scamalos, German schamlos.

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