lacking any sense of shame: immodest; audacious.
insensible to disgrace.
showing no shame.

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

Synonyms for shameless

Antonyms for shameless

1. modest. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shamelessness

Contemporary Examples of shamelessness

Historical Examples of shamelessness

  • Even when my shamelessness makes them not know where to look.

  • Your shamelessness is balanced with gold for you at every step.

  • The unconscious grip which the shamelessness of it all had over him was evidenced in what he did.

    The Bishop of Cottontown

    John Trotwood Moore

  • In all shamelessness, he turned his back on the battle and ran for cover.

    A Son Of The Sun

    Jack London

  • But he was shaking his head as he went, at my shamelessness, I suppose.

    The Prairie Child

    Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for shamelessness



having no sense of shame; brazen
done without shame; without decency or modesty
Derived Formsshamelessly, adverbshamelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shamelessness



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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