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Dictionary Definition

shamefaced adj
1 extremely modest or shy; "cheerfully bearing reproaches but shamefaced at praise"- H.O.Taylor
2 showing a sense of shame [syn: sheepish]
3 showing a sense of guilt; "a guilty look"; "the hangdog and shamefaced air of the retreating enemy"- Eric Linklater [syn: guilty, hangdog, shamed]

User Contributed Dictionary



alteration of the now archaic shamefast


  1. bashful, showing modesty or embarrassment
  2. ashamed, displaying shame, especially by blushing in the face.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abashed, ashamed, bashful, blushing, chagrined, chapfallen, chastened, confused, conscience-smitten, conscience-stricken, conscious, coy, crestfallen, crushed, demure, diffident, discomfited, embarrassed, full of remorse, hangdog, humbled, humiliated, inarticulate, meek, modest, mortified, mousy, out of countenance, red-faced, regretful, remorseful, repining, rueful, self-accusing, self-condemning, self-conscious, self-convicting, self-debasing, self-effacing, self-flagellating, self-humiliating, self-punishing, self-reproaching, shamed, shamefast, shameful, sheepish, shy, skittish, sorry, stammering, timid, timorous, uncomfortable, unhappy about, wistful
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