[ UK /ʃˈe‍ɪmfe‍ɪst/ ]
  1. showing a sense of shame
  2. showing a sense of guilt
    a guilty look
    the hangdog and shamefaced air of the retreating enemy
  3. extremely modest or shy
    cheerfully bearing reproaches but shamefaced at praise
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How To Use shamefaced In A Sentence

  • When Hanka Zborowska arrived asking for her portrait Modigliani was shamefaced.
  • Rod went on, with a kind of shamefaced mingling of jest and earnest: Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise, Volume II
  • He held her artless gaze for a moment, then laughed shamefacedly. PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW
  • Next day the shamefaced deputies of the Riksdag were forced to walk between lines of troops with fixed bayonets to assemble in a Parliament Hall surrounded by field guns, each with an artillerist standing behind it with a lighted taper.
  • And though the "lubricity" of these poems is free from some ugly features which appear after the Italian wars of the late fifteenth century, it has never been more frankly destitute of shamefacedness. The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory (Periods of European Literature, vol. II)
  • All those voters who shamefacedly backed the Tories in the secrecy of the polling booth are probably feeling vindicated.
  • Her eyes were turned away from him and she answered with a kind of shamefaced defiance. The Unpleasantness At The Belladonna Club
  • He simply looked at her with bewilderment, then asked her, somewhat shamefaced, whether they knew each other. THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW
  • I smothered a laugh as my dad suddenly stopped midway through his angry tirade directed at a group of shamefaced security officers, and slowly pivoted his head in our direction.
  • Esprit de l'escalier it may've been, but I found myself, days later, wondering why exactly it was that we should feel at all shamefaced about our singular collective ability to guy, to poke fun, to take the piss and otherwise generally excoriate. Rude Britannia: British Comic Art, at Tate Britain
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