a crying shame

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a crying shame

: a situation that makes one feel sad or disappointed
  • It's a crying shame that movies are often so violent these days.
  • It'd be a crying shame to miss the beginning of the show.

Word by Word Definitions

crying play
  1. : calling for notice

  2. : notorious, heinous

shame play
  1. : a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety

  2. : the susceptibility to such emotion

  3. : a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute : ignominy

  1. : to bring shame to : disgrace

  2. : to put to shame by outdoing

  3. : to cause to feel shame


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