August 13, 2012
unabashed (adjective)
\un-uh-BASHT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: not embarrassed or ashamed
How do you use it?
"Lydia was Lydia still; untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy, and fearless." (Jane Austen, _Pride and Prejudice_)
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We've told you what "unabashed" means. Now let's see if you can recognize how to use it. Which sentence below uses "unabashed" correctly?

We hope you are unabashed about the choice you made. You can rule out sentences A and D right away. Neither of those can be correct because both use the adjective "unabashed" as if it were a verb. Sentences B and C both use "unabashed" as an adjective, so one of them must be right. Sentence C, however, uses "unabashed" with the wrong meaning -- computers can't be bold and unblushing (but they do crash sometimes). Only in sentence B is "unabashed" used correctly as an adjective meaning "not embarrassed or ashamed."
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