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  • s  extremely modest or shy
    cheerfully bearing reproaches but shamefaced at praise"- H.O.Taylor
  • s  showing a sense of shame
  • s  showing a sense of guilt
    the hangdog and shamefaced air of the retreating enemy"- Eric Linklater

  • Short, ugly, he yet commanded the attention of the whole court, for he told his story, not as do many prisoners, shamefaced and haltingly, forced to reveal their crimes and .
  • Sure enough, by war's end in 1918, a somewhat shamefaced government gave women over 30 the vote (two years before most American women received it).
  • When we succumb to the Big Gulp ethos, as inevitably we do, it leaves us feeling shamefaced and guilty.

  • Terry Eagleton in Philosophy Now (subscription)
    Cultural theory,Eagleton explains, "has been shamefaced about morality and metaphysics, embarrassed about love, biology, religion and revolution, largely silent about evil, reticent about death and suffering, dogmatic about essences, universals...
  • Mehmet Ali Talat in Zaman Online
    Many countries are shamefaced on the issue and are thus requesting the lifting of the isolationssaid Talat.
  • Derek Mahon in
    Mahon remembers Longley more as a rugby player at school, "but I think he was also scribbling a bit in that slightly shamefaced fashion we all were. But it was in Dublin, where there was a very active scene, that we first got published. We gave each...

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