\ ə-ˈshāmd How to pronounce ashamed (audio) \

Definition of ashamed

1a : feeling shame, guilt, or disgrace She felt ashamed for hitting her brother. You should be ashamed of yourself. Losing is nothing to be ashamed of. He was deeply ashamed of his behavior.
b : feeling inferior or unworthy
2 : reluctant or unwilling to do something because of shame or embarrassment I was ashamed to be seen with him. I'm not ashamed to admit that I don't know the answer.

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ashamedly \ ə-​ˈshā-​məd-​lē How to pronounce ashamed (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of ashamed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conservatives pushing for the legislation say critical race theory fuels division and causes white students to be ashamed of their race. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, 28 May 2021 The two have an intense heart-to-heart in which many grievances are aired, Kevin admits that some of his jealousy issues were tied up with race, and Randall apologizes for saying that their dad was ashamed of Kevin. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 26 May 2021 But opponents, largely conservative parents and community activists, say the statement disparages white students and teaches them to be ashamed of the color of their skin. Scott Travis,, 26 May 2021 At the time, a lawyer for the parents indicated that cisgender boys would be embarrassed and ashamed to change in the same room as someone who was assigned female at birth. Brooke Sopelsa, NBC News, 7 Dec. 2020 Part of me envied their innocence; another part was ashamed of them, and of me for wanting to be like them, and of the distance between us. Timothy Kudo, Star Tribune, 15 Apr. 2021 The disillusionment plaguing the characters amounts to moping about careers, all but one of which are nothing to be ashamed of. Kyle Smith, National Review, 7 Apr. 2021 Many of the women felt ashamed by the hollow display, but still campaigned to perform. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 Some clients were ashamed of their debts, or their wealth. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ashamed

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for ashamed

Middle English, from Old English āscamod, past participle of āscamian to shame, from ā- (perfective prefix) + scamian to shame — more at abide, shame

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The first known use of ashamed was before the 12th century

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8 Jun 2021

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“Ashamed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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\ ə-ˈshāmd How to pronounce ashamed (audio) \

Kids Definition of ashamed

1 : feeling shame, guilt, or disgrace I'm ashamed of my behavior.
2 : kept from doing something by fear of shame or embarrassment He was ashamed to beg.


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