shameless

shameless, brazen, barefaced, brash, impudent can apply to persons and their acts that defy the moral code or social decorum when they mean characterized by boldness and a lack of a sense of shame.
Shameless implies a lack of effective restraints (as modesty, a sense of decency, an active conscience, or concern for the respect of others)
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a shameless neglect of her children

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shameless gossips

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shameless graft

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regards every compromise his comrades have made to get the machine going as a shameless betrayal of principle— West

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no composer . . . makes such shameless use of patriotic feelings to advertise his product— Virgil Thomson

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Brazen implies not only complete shamelessness but defiant insolence
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at first a furtive, now a brazen, thief

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a brazen minister of state, who bore for twice ten years the public hate— Swift

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solicited praise and power with the brazen, businesslike air of a streetwalker on the prowl— Rovere

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Barefaced implies absence of all effort to disguise or to mask one's transgressions; it connotes extreme effrontery
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a barefaced lie

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barefaced tyranny

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however barefaced their deceptions, they manage to convince themselves at the time that they are speaking the truth— Muggeridge

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Brash so strongly implies impetuousness that it does not stress shamelessness as clearly as the preceding words; however, it is often used in place of shameless when heedlessness and temerity make one indifferent to the claims of conscience or one's sense of decency
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a brash intrusion on another's privacy

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brash reporters

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deeply I repented of brash and boyish crime— Lindsay

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felt secure enough in his wealth to make several brash, futile attempts at joining the country club— Styron

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Impudent adds to shameless implications of bold or pert defiance of considerations of modesty or decency
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conduct so sordidly unladylike that even the most impudent woman would not dare do it openly— Shaw

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women are getting impudent all over again and corsetieres, dreaming of the old, elegant, secure, confining days, may well despair— Lois Long

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she has a passion for impudent adventure, and . . . has quite properly explored a number of improper relationships— Payne

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Analogous words: *abandoned, profligate, dissolute: *hardened, indurated, callous: *vicious, villainous, iniquitous
Contrasted words: modest, pure, *chaste, decent: *shy, diffident, bashful

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  • Shameless — Shame less, a. [AS. scamle[ a]s.] 1. Destitute of shame; wanting modesty; brazen faced; insensible to disgrace. Such shameless bards we have. Pope. [1913 Webster] Shame enough to shame thee, wert thou not shameless. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shameless — index arrant (onerous), brazen, contemptible, depraved, dishonest, disreputable, dissolute, flagrant …   Law dictionary

  • shameless — (adj.) O.E. sceamleas; see SHAME (Cf. shame) + LESS (Cf. less). Related: Shamelessly; shamelessness …   Etymology dictionary

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  • shameless — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ showing a lack of shame. DERIVATIVES shamelessly adverb shamelessness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • shameless — [shāmlis] adj. having or showing no feeling of shame, modesty, or decency; brazen; impudent shamelessly adv. shamelessness n …   English World dictionary

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  • Shameless — Seriendaten Deutscher Titel Shameless …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Shameless — Para la versión estadounidense de la serie, véase Shameless (serie de televisión estadounidense). Shameless Género Comedia dramática Creado por …   Wikipedia Español

  • shameless — adj. shameless to + inf. (it was shameless of them to do that) * * * [ ʃeɪmlɪs] shameless to + inf. (it was shameless of them to do that) …   Combinatory dictionary


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