4. cowardice, cowardliness, pusillanimity, poltroonery, unmanliness, Inf. yellow streak; dastardliness, dastardly, cravenness; faint-heartedness, diffidence, nervousness, tremulousness, Inf. cold feet; timidity, apprehension, dread, fearfulness, Inf. funk.
5. servility, subservience, lowliness, submissiveness, slavishness; obsequiousness, sycophancy, fawning, unctiousness.
6. paltriness, triviality, trivialness, pettiness; insignificance, inconsequentiality, inconsiderableness, worthlessness; meagerness, scantiness, skimpiness, slightness, feebleness.
7. obscenity, coarseness, vulgarity, crudity, grossness, rudeness; smuttiness, filthiness, dirtiness; ribaldry, Archaic, bawdry; unseemliness, indecorum, indecency, impropriety.
8. fraudulence, pretense, fraud, Inf. phoniness, speciousness, spuriousness; forgery, sham, fake, counterfeit, imitation, fabrication; adulteration, alloy, debasement, pinchbeck.
9. wretchedness, misery, abjectness; squalor, shabbiness, seediness, abasement; dreariness, dismalness, miserableness; beggary, poverty, destitution.
10. illegitimacy, bastardy. bashful, adj. shy, timid, timorous, backward, hesitant, Scot. loathful, retiring, shrinking, unobtrusive, unostentatious; embarrassed, shamefaced, sheepish, blushing; diffident, abashed, modest, reserved, restrained, self-conscious, unconfident, Archaic, vere-cund, Scot. and North Eng. blate; coy, demure, meek, modest, unassuming.
bashfulness, n. shyness, diffidence, timidity, hesita tion, timorousness; modesty, reserve, demureness, coyness, unobtrusiveness; embarrassment, sheepishness, constraint, self-consciousness, basic, adj. 1. fundamental, radical, basilar, basal; meat-and-potatoes, elementary, primary, Inf. gut; underlying, substrative, substratal; intrinsic, innate, inherent; essential, nitty-gritty, indispensable, necessary, vital, sustentative, supporting.
-n. 2. basics fundamentals, ABC's, essentials,//?/, brass tacks, nuts and bolts, practicalities, hard facts, bedrock. basically, adv. fundamentally, radically, basally; essentially, in substance, at heart, at bottom, Fr. au fond; intrinsically, inherently; primarily, firstly, for the most part, mostly, in the main, basin, n. 1. sink, tub, pan; bowl, dish, saucer, porringer, boat; receptacle, container, vessel.
2. pool, pond, puddle, reservoir; hollow, hole, cavity, dip, depression, indentation, crater.
3. bed, channel, bottom, foundation; bay, cove, inlet, harbor. basis, n. 1. base, foundation, bottom, ground, stand, support, footing; cause, grounds, occasion, warrant, right, reason, call.
2. groundwork, principle, fundamental, rudiment, radical, fundamental principle.
3. essence, core, heart, soul, heart and soul, substance, meat, pith; root, essential, principal constituent, fundamental ingredient. bask, v. 1. lie in, be exposed to; sunbathe, take a sun bath, sun oneself, tan oneself, brown oneself; warm oneself, toast oneself, Scot. and North Eng. beek.
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