adjective Etymology: Latin immodestus, from in- + modestus modest Date: 1550 not modest; specifically not conforming to the sexual mores of a particular time or place • immodestly adverbimmodesty noun

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  • Immodest — Im*mod est, a. [F. immodeste, L. immodestus immoderate; pref. im not + modestus modest. See {Modest}.] 1. Not limited to due bounds; immoderate. [1913 Webster] 2. Not modest; wanting in the reserve or restraint which decorum and decency require;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Immodest — (v. lat.), unbescheiden; daher Immodestie, Unbescheidenheit …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • immodest — index brazen, flagrant, improper, inflated (vain), lascivious, lewd, obscene, orgulous …   Law dictionary

  • immodest — (adj.) 1560s, arrogant, impudent, pretentious, from L. immodestus unrestrained, excessive, from assimilated form of in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + modestus (see MODEST (Cf. modest)). Meaning indecent is from 1580s. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • immodest — [adj] shameless bawdy, bold, brazen, coarse, depraved, forward, indecent, lewd, obscene, revealing, risqué, unashamed, unchaste, unseemly; concepts 401,545 …   New thesaurus

  • immodest — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not humble, decent, or decorous. DERIVATIVES immodestly adverb immodesty noun …   English terms dictionary

  • immodest — [i mäd′ist] adj. [L immodestus, excessive, immoderate: see IN 2 & MODEST] not modest; specif., a) not decorous; indecent b) not shy or humble; bold; forward immodestly adv. immodesty n …   English World dictionary

  • immodest — adj. immodest to + inf. (it was immodest of me to say that) * * * [ɪ mɒdɪst] immodest to + inf. (it was immodest of me to say that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • immodest — im|mod|est [ıˈmɔdıst US ıˈma: ] adj 1.) having a very high opinion of yourself and your abilities, and not embarrassed about telling people how clever you are ≠ ↑modest ▪ Webb was an immodest publicist of his own achievements. 2.) clothes that… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • immodest — im|mod|est [ ı madəst ] adjective 1. ) someone who is immodest thinks that they are very good or smart and likes to talk about their achievements 2. ) immodest behavior may shock people because it involves or refers to sex a ) immodest clothing… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • immodest — [[t]ɪmɒ̱dɪst[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you describe someone s behaviour as immodest, you mean that it shocks or embarrasses you because you think that it is rude. 2) ADJ GRADED: usu v link ADJ (disapproval) If you say that someone is… …   English dictionary

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