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ashamed

ashamed

adjective \ə-ˈshāmd\

: feeling shame or guilt

: not wanting to do something because of shame or embarrassment

Full Definition of ASHAMED

1
a :  feeling shame, guilt, or disgrace
b :  feeling inferior or unworthy
2
:  restrained by anticipation of shame <was ashamed to beg>
asham·ed·ly \-ˈshā-məd-lē\ adverb

Examples of ASHAMED

  1. You ought to be ashamed!
  2. I can't believe that you behaved so rudely. I'm ashamed to be seen with you!

Origin of ASHAMED

Middle English, from Old English āscamod, past participle of āscamian to shame, from ā- (perfective prefix) + scamian to shame — more at abide, shame
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with ASHAMED

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