ashamed

adjective \ ə-ˈshāmd \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of ashamed

1 a : 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.

ashamedly

play \-ˈshā-məd-lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology 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


ASHAMED Defined for Kids

ashamed

adjective \ ə-ˈshāmd \

Definition of ashamed for Students

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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