\ ə-ˈshāmd \

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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Other words from ashamed

ashamedly \-ˈshā-məd-lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for ashamed


guilty, shamed, shamefaced


shameless, unashamed

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Her mother just passed away, and Annie is bemused, or half-ashamed, at feeling insufficiently sad. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Hereditary” Delivers a New Kind of Horror," 7 June 2018 Again Hong uses a long take to show how Bongwan feels trapped and ashamed when asked to explain himself. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's real-life affair yields a trio of films about infidelity," 12 July 2018 While there are already 26 walks to his name, that comes out to 2.8 walks per nine innings, which is hardly anything to be ashamed of. Jon Meoli,, "One for the future: Evaluating Orioles prospect Alex Wells," 12 July 2018 Our coaches, our support staff, and our players, especially, have nothing to be ashamed of. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "UT eliminated from College World Series by Florida," 20 June 2018 Winfrey addressed that on her show, giving a globally visible voice to so many other black women who had been ashamed of their appearance. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Oprah’s Undeniable Influence on American History Recognized in New Smithsonian Exhibition," 8 June 2018 Schwartz, of course, has little to be ashamed about. Jeff Mclane,, "Jim Schwartz is still with Eagles, but how long can they keep him? | Jeff McLane," 1 June 2018 People who are suffering may be ashamed to reach out. Erin Allday,, "Experts: Suicides of Bourdain, Spade may be opportunity to reach out," 8 June 2018 There’s an implication that victims should feel ashamed of what happened, their identities hidden, that no one wants to hear about something that awful. Heidi Stevens,, "At Lit Fest, conversations about love, healing and surviving horrific violence," 1 June 2018

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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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\ ə-ˈshāmd \

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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