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immodest as in:  immodest as it sounds

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  • I hope I don't sound immodest, but I'm a better leader than she is.
    immodest = vain or conceited
  • "Scott is very strong guy, I am very strong guy," Lopsang explained to me with characteristic immodesty.   (source)
    immodesty = non-humble manner
  • We call this land of ours Great-- Britain, and there may be those who believe this a somewhat immodest practice.   (source)
    immodest = vain or conceited
  • It seemed immodest, but it was a thought that often came to him.   (source)
  • It wasn't that the words seemed immodest.   (source)
  • Cabbage basked in his son's fame, but Kathryn—closer to her son in temperament—worried about appearing immodest.   (source)
  • Don't mean to sound immodest, but I have been trying to train up a bit.   (source)
  • When he lectured on the history of England, he was the most brilliant and passionate scholar I had ever heard, outrageously partisan, an immodest dispenser of inflamed rhetoric.   (source)
  • On the lips of a person less advanced in life and less enlightened by experience than Mrs. Touchett such a declaration would savour of immodesty, even of arrogance.   (source)
    immodesty = vanity or conceit
  • Immodest words admit of no defense,
    For want of modesty is want of sense.   (source)
    immodest = lacking humility
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  • Jake Spoon wasn't as talkative as Gus, but he was just as immodest.   (source)
    immodest = non-humble
  • He had sent me a copy of his latest book, Infections and Inequalities, a prodigiously footnoted discourse with case studies of individual patients to illustrate its main themes—the connections between poverty and disease, the maldistribution of medical technologies in the world, and "the immodest claims of causality" that scholars and health bureaucrats had offered for those phenomena.   (source)
  • In the current of that repaid curiosity on which she had lately been floating, which had conveyed her to this beautiful old England and might carry her much further still, she often checked herself with the thought of the thousands of people who were less happy than herself—a thought which for the moment made her fine, full consciousness appear a kind of immodesty.   (source)
    immodesty = vanity or conceit
  • Immodest words admit but this defense,
    That want of modesty is want of sense.   (source)
    immodest = lacking humility
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immodest as in:  immodest dress

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  • Her parents were embarrassed by her suggestive attire and immodest dancing.
    immodest = sexually suggestive
  • She was embarrassed by his immodest dancing.
  • Mother listened for a moment, chewing her lip, then threw her hands in the air and said that she'd had no idea the costume would be so immodest.   (source)
    immodest = improperly sexually suggestive
  • She thought this photo verged in the immodest, even though our legs weren't showing.   (source)
  • It seemed immodest to let a strange man into our bedchamber, but Grandfather and Eliza showed him in to see the patient.   (source)
    immodest = improper
  • I waited with the men in their guayabera shirts and huaraches, and their cowboy boots; the women, from petite to massive, appeared immodestly content in short shorts and halter tops, their rubber thongs slapping the hard floors of the Phoenix airport, which was optimistically called the Sky Harbor.   (source)
    immodestly = improperly (due to showing too much of their bodies)
  • He stopped, looked at my dripping, clinging—to him—immodestly short dress.   (source)
    immodestly = improperly
  • They would show how well off the Jews of Warsaw were — and how immoral and despicable they were too, hence the scenes of Jewish men and women sharing the baths, immodestly stripping naked in front of each other.   (source)
  • Bella pulled her wool skirt up over her head, blocking out the smoke and the flames. Immodest, she thought, an English word she'd just learned.   (source)
    immodest = improper
  • She had wide tilted eyes, with a direct and immodest stare. Her arched eyebrows suggested a questioning mind, her full lips a sensuality that was indecent for the times.   (source)
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  • Sometimes it takes the form of honor killing, in which a family kills one of its own girls because she has behaved immodestly or has fallen in love with a man (often there is no proof that they have had sex, and autopsies of victims of honor killings frequently reveal the hymen to be intact).   (source)
    immodestly = improperly
  • She encouraged women to adopt the "bloomer," a baggy-legged pant worn beneath a knee-length skirt that would not in any way be considered immodest today.   (source)
    immodest = improperly sexually suggestive
  • [about going to the bathroom in front of everyone]  Since then we have learned better than to be shy about such trifling immodesties.   (source)
    immodesties = improper public behavior
  • It was, he submitted, too short, too low, too immodestly thin, and much too expensive.   (source)
    immodestly = improperly
  • It offended him both as a lawyer and as a lover of the sane and customary sides of life, to whom the fanciful was the immodest.   (source)
    immodest = improper
  • I would never let myself be hypnotized, it is so immodest!   (source)
  • I took them off immediately, feeling that somehow they were immodest.   (source)
    immodest = improperly sexually suggestive
  • It claimed to teach dance, but instead it taught immodesty, promiscuity.   (source)
    immodesty = improper sexually suggestive behavior
  • There is some talk of making us bathe naked, in groups, instead of by two's in our shifts; they say it will save time and be more economical, as less water need be used, but I think it an immodest idea and if they attempt it I shall complain to the authorities.   (source)
    immodest = improper
  • This rubbishy "Neuro-hypnotism," however beribboned with new terminologies, is only Mesmerism, or Animal Magnetism, re-writ; and that sickly nonsense was discredited long ago, as being merely a solemn-sounding blind, behind which men of questionable antecedents and salacious natures might obtain power over young women of the same, asking them impertinent and offensive questions and ordering them to perform immodest acts, without the latter appearing to consent to it.   (source)
  • They weren't, not technically, but I knew why I wanted them—for my body, so it would be noticed—and that seemed immodest even if the clothes were not.   (source)
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  • Still, the bold and immodest inscription over the entrance assured him they were in the right spot.†   (source)
  • Shameful, immodest.†   (source)
  • The countryside turns an immodest green.†   (source)
  • In five minutes I knew I liked your father, but I thought it immodest to appear eager, so I insisted on two more teas at the vicar's.†   (source)
  • Now she had not only lost that modesty, she had radically broken with it, ceremoniously using her new immodesty to draw a dividing line through her life and proclaim that youth and beauty were overrated and worthless.†   (source)
  • So immodest was her garb that the white knight seemed uncomfortable looking at her, but Hotah approved.†   (source)
  • When I visited them [the prostitutes] at first I thought nothing could exceed them for impudence and immodesty, but I found the more I was acquainted with them the more they excelled in their brutality.†   (source)
  • Nately did not glory too immodestly that his girl was a prostitute, and the chaplain's awareness stemmed mainly from Captain Black, who never slouched past their table without a broad wink at the chaplain and some tasteless, wounding gibe about her to Nately.†   (source)
  • It was in the glass I saw Mr. Viccars standing behind me, and I dropped the dress, embarrassed to be caught so immodestly preening.†   (source)
  • The men on the backstretch assumed that anyone who made such a point of saying so little had to have something to hide, something shady or, perhaps, something immodestly valiant.†   (source)
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  • She felt the immodesty of an intruder, as if she had slipped inside a living creature, under its silver skin, and were watching its life beating in gray metal cylinders, in twisted coils, in sealed tubes, in the convulsive whirl of blades in wire cages.†   (source)
  • They're immodest!†   (source)
  • Like, as I said, his mouse, she tooted brandy immodestly and spent half of her time in the upchuck... HONEY (Focusing) I know these people... GEORGE: Do you!†   (source)
  • From the moment she stepped off the train she's been nothing but a burden, incompetent, impertinent, ineffectual, immodest—†   (source)
  • There he was, brazenly immodest in checked red and black pajamas, sitting on his front steps, knees akimbo and binoculars pressed to his eyes.†   (source)
  • It is a wonder that she can even bathe herself without fainting at the immodesty of it all.†   (source)
  • I avoid looking down at my body, not so much because it's shameful or immodest but because I don't want to see it.†   (source)
  • That is why she insisted her daughter remain with her in the world of immodesty, where youth and beauty mean nothing, where the world is nothing but a vast concentration camp of bodies, one like the next, with souls invisible.†   (source)
  • He rolls the sleeves of his shirt to a point above his elbows, and though it is immodest, I cannot keep myself from stealing quick glances at his exposed arms.†   (source)
  • You are foolish, immodest and babbling women.†   (source)
  • How can you ask such immodest questions?†   (source)
  • Their disapproval had grown stronger because of her unwomanly conduct in the matter of the mills, her immodesty in showing herself when she was pregnant and so many other things.†   (source)
  • Maybe it's kind of immodest in me to show that around.†   (source)
  • Ah, thought I, in my conduct has he read it—
    Something immodest or unseemly free?†   (source)
  • And people were so immodest as to marry in their own homes.†   (source)
  • And although Swann had never yet taken offence, at all seriously, at Odette's demonstrations of friendship for one or other of the 'faithful,' he felt an exquisite pleasure on hearing her thus avow, before them all, with that calm immodesty, the fact that they saw each other regularly every evening, his privileged position in her house, and her own preference for him which it implied.†   (source)
  • It was almost immodest, wasn't it?†   (source)
  • They objected to the food, to Oscarina's lack of friendliness, to the wind, the rain, and the immodesty of Carol's maternity gowns.†   (source)
  • Her husband, the brewer, claimed personally to have profited from reading it, but regretted that his wife had imbibed, since that sort of thing only "spoiled" women and gave them immodest ideas.†   (source)
  • When the commissioned officers themselves were on all occasions very heedful how they referred to the recent events, for a petty-officer unnecessarily to allude to them in the presence of his Captain, this struck him as a most immodest presumption.†   (source)
  • In summer Leora and he drove to the Pony River for picnic suppers and a swim, very noisy, splashing, and immodest; through autumn he went duck-hunting with Bert Tozer, who became nearly tolerable when he stood at sunset on a pass between two slews; and with winter isolating the village in a sun-blank desert of snow, they had sleigh-rides, card-parties, "sociables" at the churches.†   (source)
  • When Dr. Westlake whispered to her, "Yes, Lym is a very well-informed man, but he's modest about it," she felt uninformed and immodest, and scolded at herself that she had missed the human potentialities in this vast Gopher Prairie.†   (source)
  • On the contrary, she would have expressed the prettiest surprise and disapprobation if she had heard that another young lady had been detected in that immodest prematureness—indeed, would probably have disbelieved in its possibility.†   (source)
  • However, if it were only those persons of different sexes united in a bewitching apartment, decorated rouge, those lights, those effeminate voices, all this must, in the long-run, engender a certain mental libertinage, give rise to immodest thoughts and impure temptations.†   (source)
  • All this was of such incredible immodesty, of such monstrous effrontery, that d'Artagnan could scarcely believe what he saw or what he heard.†   (source)
  • It was an advance, and as such, perhaps, some ladies of indisputable correctness and gentility will condemn the action as immodest; but, you see, poor dear Rebecca had all this work to do for herself.†   (source)
  • Moreover, there was in all these words of Thenardier, in his accent, in his gesture, in his glance which darted flames at every word, there was, in this explosion of an evil nature disclosing everything, in that mixture of braggadocio and abjectness, of pride and pettiness, of rage and folly, in that chaos of real griefs and false sentiments, in that immodesty of a malicious man tasting the voluptuous delights of violence, in that shameless nudity of a repulsive soul, in that conflagration of all sufferings combined with all hatreds, something which was as hideous as evil, and as heart-rending as the truth.†   (source)
  • Pale, motionless, overwhelmed by this frightful revelation, dazzled by the superhuman beauty of this woman who unveiled herself before him with an immodesty which appeared to him sublime, he ended by falling on his knees before her as the early Christians did before those pure and holy martyrs whom the persecution of the emperors gave up in the circus to the sanguinary sensuality of the populace.†   (source)
  • Traitors showed themselves unbuttoned; men who had gone over to the enemy on the eve of battle made no secret of their recompense, and strutted immodestly in the light of day, in the cynicism of riches and dignities; deserters from Ligny and Quatre-Bras, in the brazenness of their well-paid turpitude, exhibited their devotion to the monarchy in the most barefaced manner.†   (source)
  • A pile of Cassandras, Harlequins and Columbines, jolted along high above the passers-by, all possible grotesquenesses, from the Turk to the savage, Hercules supporting Marquises, fishwives who would have made Rabelais stop up his ears just as the Maenads made Aristophanes drop his eyes, tow wigs, pink tights, dandified hats, spectacles of a grimacer, three-cornered hats of Janot tormented with a butterfly, shouts directed at pedestrians, fists on hips, bold attitudes, bare shoulders, immodesty unchained; a chaos of shamelessness driven by a coachman crowned with flowers; this is what that institution was like.†   (source)
  • Lawksamercy, doctor, cried the young blood in the primrose vest, feigning a womanish simper and with immodest squirmings of his body, how you do tease a body!†   (source)
  • account of being white and she let him and she saw that he saw and then it went so high it went out of sight a moment and she was trembling in every limb from being bent so far back that he had a full view high up above her knee where no-one ever not even on the swing or wading and she wasn't ashamed and he wasn't either to look in that immodest way like that because he couldn't resist the sight of the wondrous revealment half offered like those skirtdancers behaving so immodest before gentlemen looking and he kept on looking, looking.†   (source)
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    Walt Whitman, a kosmos, of Manhattan the son,
    Turbulent, fleshy, sensual, eating, drinking and breeding,
    No sentimentalist, no stander above men and women or apart from them,
    No more modest than immodest.†   (source)
  • On all sides prurient provokers stiffening my limbs,
    Straining the udder of my heart for its withheld drip,
    Behaving licentious toward me, taking no denial,
    Depriving me of my best as for a purpose,
    Unbuttoning my clothes, holding me by the bare waist,
    Deluding my confusion with the calm of the sunlight and pasture-fields,
    Immodestly sliding the fellow-senses away,
    They bribed to swap off with touch and go and graze at the edges of me,
    No consideration, no regard for my draining strength or my anger,
    Fetching the rest of the herd around to enjoy them a while,
    Then all uniting to stand on a headland and worry me.†   (source)
  • Be thou asham'd that I have took upon me Such an immodest raiment; if shame live In a disguise of love.†   (source)
  • she tore the letter into a thousand halfpence; railed at herself, that she should be so immodest to write to one that she knew would flout her: 'I measure him,' says she, 'by my own spirit; for I should flout him, if he writ to me; yea, though I love him, I should.'†   (source)
  • All possible care, however, has been taken to give no lewd ideas, no immodest turns in the new dressing up of this story; no, not to the worst parts of her expressions.†   (source)
  • My gracious lord, you look beyond him quite: The prince but studies his companions Like a strange tongue, wherein, to gain the language, 'Tis needful that the most immodest word Be look'd upon and learn'd; which once attain'd, Your highness knows, comes to no further use But to be known and hated.†   (source)
  • Conversation is immoral, where the discourse is undecent, immodest, scandalous, slanderous, and abusive.†   (source)
  • And think not that it is her belief that yours is better than ours that has led her to change her religion; it is only because she knows that immodesty is more freely practised in your country than in ours.†   (source)
  • To me can life be no commodity: The crown and comfort of my life, your favour, I do give lost; for I do feel it gone, But know not how it went: my second joy, And first-fruits of my body, from his presence I am barr'd, like one infectious: my third comfort, Starr'd most unluckily, is from my breast,— The innocent milk in its most innocent mouth,— Hal'd out to murder: myself on every post Proclaim'd a strumpet; with immodest hatred The child-bed privilege denied, which 'longs To women of all fashion; lastly, hurried Here to this place, i' the open air, before I have got strength of limit.†   (source)
  • In short, the said history is the most delightful and least injurious entertainment that has been hitherto seen, for there is not to be found in the whole of it even the semblance of an immodest word, or a thought that is other than Catholic.†   (source)
  • Were it otherwise than what I am going to say, I should not be backward to disclose it, as it is apparent I have done in other cases in this account; but I affirm, that through all this conversation, abating the freedom of coming into the chamber when I or he was in bed, and abating the necessary offices of attending him night and day when he was sick, there had not passed the least immodest word or action between us.†   (source)
  • Here one curses her and calls her capricious, fickle, and immodest, there another condemns her as frail and frivolous; this pardons and absolves her, that spurns and reviles her; one extols her beauty, another assails her character, and in short all abuse her, and all adore her, and to such a pitch has this general infatuation gone that there are some who complain of her scorn without ever having exchanged a word with her, and even some that bewail and mourn the raging fever of jealousy, for which she never gave anyone cause, for, as I have already said, her misconduct was known before her passion.†   (source)
  • But, woe is me, I now comprehend what has made thee give so little heed to what thou owest to thyself; it must have been some freedom of mine, for I will not call it immodesty, as it did not proceed from any deliberate intention, but from some heedlessness such as women are guilty of through inadvertence when they think they have no occasion for reserve.†   (source)
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