Barefaced



with the face uncovered.
shameless; impudent; audacious:
a barefaced lie.
without concealment or disguise; boldly open:
a barefaced approach.
Contemporary Examples

He took the barefaced girl under his wing, taught her new tricks—and then exploited her trust in him.
Aurora Snow Reviews ‘Lovelace’ Aurora Snow August 8, 2013

Historical Examples

Miss Ophelia was so indignant at the barefaced lie, that she caught the child and shook her.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe

The men were barefaced; one said to the other that it was only just past eleven o’clock.
State Trials, Political and Social Various

If you hadnt come to me with that barefaced hoax, I should still be wearing a chain around my ankle.
The Gray Phantom’s Return Herman Landon

Exaggerations the most barefaced were received throughout England.
Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry Thomas Davis

I informed them of what had taken place, earnestly expressing my indignation at the conduct of the barefaced quack.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851 Various

It seemed to me that she was making sport of me with the most barefaced effrontery.
The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

I could not quarter my entire family upon her, it was too barefaced.
The Tree of Knowledge Mrs. Baillie Reynolds

I could be robbed by indirection, but this was too open and barefaced to be endured.
My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass

Few people are capable of misrepresenting goodness in the barefaced way of saying one thing while they believe another.
Hester, Volume 1 (of 3) Margaret Oliphant

adjective
unconcealed or shameless: a barefaced lie
with the face uncovered or shaven
adj.

1580s, “with face uncovered or shaven;” see bare (adj.) + face (n.). Thus, “unconcealed” (c.1600), and, in a bad sense, “shameless” (1670s). Cf. effrontery. The half-French bare-vis (adj.) conveyed the same sense in Middle English.

adjective

Bold; shameless; unscrupulous •Nearly always seen in barefaced lie or barefaced liar, attested from 1850 (late 1600s+)

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