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Definition to be embarrassed or self-conscious
  • I mumbled some abashed answer, but it was Phineas who made the clear response.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
abashed = embarrassed or self-conscious
  • But Bernard remained unabashed.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • unabashed = not embarrassed or self-conscious
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unabashed means not and reverses the meaning of abashed. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Where'er ye go to feast or festival, No merrymaking will it prove for you, But oft abashed in tears ye will return.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • He said it defiantly, then was silent, abashed and somehow sorry he had said it.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • 'Perhaps not,' said Sam abashed.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • Abashed glances of servile wonder were exchanged by the sailors, as this was said; and with fascinated eyes they awaited whatever magic might follow.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • [Laura is abashed beyond speech.
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • She pretended to be groggy with wonderment but he was not abashed.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Abashed, Taleswapper spoke less confidently.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • The old priest looked abashed.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • He was not in the least abashed or lonely.
    Willa Cather  --  Paul's Case
  • I sighed and tried to look abashed.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Razor trails off, gives the camera an abashed look.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • "Yes mam," he said in an abashed voice, "I would sher love to do that!"
    Flannery O'Connor  --  A Good Man is Hard to Find AND OTHER STORIES
  • He looked mildly abashed.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • When he met Bors in this magic boat of theirs, he was abashed of him, it says in the letter.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • At any rate this speech abashed and terrified him.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Then I saw the foolish, abashed expression on Wrestrum's face and relaxed.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • "Hello, Charlie," he said, looking appropriately abashed.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • When Wildeve returned, a quarter of an hour later, Thomasin said simply, and in the abashed manner usual with her now, "Where is the horse, Damon?"
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native

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