using face revealed not masked
- without effort to conceal
- unrestrained by convention or propriety
- using face uncovered; perhaps not masked.
- Without concealment; undisguised. Thus: Shameless; audacious.
1580s, "with face uncovered or shaven;" see bare (adj.) + face (n.). Hence, "unconcealed" (c.1600), and, in a poor good sense, "shameless" (1670s). Compare effrontery. The half-French bare-vis (adj.) conveyed similar feeling in Middle English.
(a.) Using face uncovered; not masked.
- (a.) Without concealment; undisguised. Ergo: Shameless; audacious.
With this mention Prester John ceases to have any pretension to historical existence in Asia (for we need not turn aside to Mandeville's fabulous revival of old stories or to the barefaced fictions of his contemporary, John of Hese, which bring in the old tales of the miraculous body of St Thomas), and his connexion with that quarter of the world gradually died out of the memory of Europe.(fn 3) When next we begin to hear his name it is as an African, not as an Asiatic prince; and the personage so styled is in fact the Christian king of Abyssinia.