: 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.
: feeling inferior or unworthy
: 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.
ashamedly adverb

Examples of ashamed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, in coming forward with their own diagnoses, the royals are reminding the public to be vigilant against cancer and to get any suspicions checked out—while simultaneously reaffirming the fact that there is nothing to be ashamed of. Rebecca Cope, Vogue, 23 Mar. 2024 Experts agree plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures are nothing to be ashamed of, and that transparency among celebrities is critical to dismantling unhealthy beauty norms. USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2024 But don’t be ashamed—this is SO common, and there are effective treatments available to you. Mara Santilli, SELF, 21 Mar. 2024 Larsa Pippen isn't ashamed to be taking good care of her teenage daughter. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024 Kristin Cavallari is not ashamed to be dating a younger man. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2024 The stigma kleptomaniacs face can leave them feeling ashamed, embarrassed or afraid to seek support. Mark Travers, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 In that moment, Tony appears neither defiant nor ashamed, only a little sad and, perhaps, resigned. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Antisemitism and Hollywood Our industry should be ashamed of its silence. Leo Pearlman, Variety, 27 Jan. 2024

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Word History


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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Ashamed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ashamed. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: feeling shame, guilt, or disgrace
ashamed of my behavior
: kept from doing something by an expectation of shame
ashamed to beg
ashamedly adverb

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