inverecund

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin inverecundus, from in- + verecundus (modest), from vereri (to revere).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈvɛrɪkʌnd/

Adjective[edit]

inverecund (comparative more inverecund, superlative most inverecund)

  1. (rare, archaic) Immodest; shameless.
    • 1909, Frederick Rolfe, Don Renato:
      Only in puerice do we possess the inverecund innocence of our primaeval progenitors.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      if an inverecund habit shall have gradually traduced the honourable by ancestors transmitted customs [...].

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