\ 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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Other Words from ashamed

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for ashamed


guilty, shamed, shamefaced


shameless, unashamed

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And don’t be ashamed to discuss things like hair loss, weight gain or depression. Detroit Free Press, "How to talk to your doctor about awkward men’s health issues," 17 June 2019 The young chief shrugged, ashamed at direct confrontation and unwilling to insult his parents. Shobana Shankar, Quartz Africa, "What the United States could learn from Nigeria about taking on anti-vaxxers," 7 June 2019 The animals are so admired here that victims of attacks are often too ashamed to report them, which is why many believe the actual number of attacks is higher than the official statistics suggests. Matthew Abbott, New York Times, "The Revered Crocodiles of This Island Nation Have Suddenly Started Killing People," 6 June 2019 Conroy regularly sees attendees who are ashamed to socialize or have trouble getting jobs because of oral health problems. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Inaugural event will offer free dental care in Flagstaff this week, lineups expected," 5 June 2019 Today, Pat feels more apathetic about her lack of libido than ashamed about it. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "This Is What It's Like to Experience Low Libido," 29 May 2019 One part of Storfer’s job was listening sympathetically to panicked IT managers who were confused and ashamed about the attacks on their organizations and fearful of losing their jobs. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Trade Secret Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers," 15 May 2019 And for this, I am supposed to feel ... very, very anxious and at least a little ashamed. Andrea Bartz, Good Housekeeping, "Look, I'm a Self-Promoting Woman. And I’m Not Apologizing for It.," 14 Feb. 2019 Reporting the assault to the Durham Regional police in Toronto only intensified the fear and pain, making me feel more vulnerable and ashamed than ever. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Read Andrea Constand's Powerful Impact Statement About Bill Cosby," 25 Sep. 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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The first known use of ashamed was before the 12th century

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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