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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abashment, bashfulnessnoun

    feeling embarrassed due to modesty


  1. bashfulnessnoun

    The quality or property of being bashful; shyness; reserve; timidity.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bashfulnessnoun

    Etymology: from bashful.

    Philoclea a little mused how to cut the thread even, with eyes, cheeks and lips, whereof each sang their part, to make up the harmony of bashfulness. Philip Sidney.

    Such looks, such bashfulness might well adorn
    The cheeks of youths that are more nobly born. Dryden.

    For fear had bequeathed his room to his kinsman bashfulness, to teach him good manners. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    There are others who have not altogether so much of this foolish bashfulness, and who ask every one’s opinion. Dryden.


  1. bashfulness

    Shyness (also called diffidence) is the feeling of apprehension, lack of comfort, or awkwardness especially when a person is around other people. This commonly occurs in new situations or with unfamiliar people; a shy person may simply opt to avoid these situations. Although shyness can be a characteristic of people who have low self-esteem, the primary defining characteristic of shyness is a fear of what other people will think of a person's behavior. This fear of negative reactions such as being laughed at, humiliated or patronized, criticized or rejected can cause a shy person to retreat. Stronger forms of shyness can be referred to as social anxiety or social phobia.


  1. bashfulness

    Bashfulness is the state or quality of being shy, excessively modest, or timid, often characterized by feelings of discomfort or embarrassment in social situations or when receiving attention. It can also be associated with feelings of nervousness or awkwardness. This trait may hinder one's ability to communicate or interact effectively with others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bashfulnessnoun

    the quality of being bashful

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bashfulness in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bashfulness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of bashfulness in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Herrick:

    To get thine ends, lay bashfulness aside Who fears to ask, doth teach to be deny'd.

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