\ 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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Examples of ashamed in a Sentence

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Kelleher appeared in a commercial with a bag over his head, offering paper bags to any Southwest passenger ashamed to be seen flying on his airline. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Herb Kelleher," 8 Jan. 2019 Or, some guys are ashamed to even question their performance of masculinity. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Black Panther Breakout Winston Duke Is Ready to Reset Hollywood," 4 Dec. 2018 We are conditioned to feel ashamed or embarrassed about certain parts of ourselves. Glamour, "If You've Ever Struggled With Body Image, Lili Reinhart Has a Message for You," 11 Nov. 2018 Others felt ashamed about times when their parents told their teachers that they wouldn’t be allowed to read the books along with the rest of the class. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "I didn’t read Harry Potter when I was growing up. And I wasn’t alone.," 31 Aug. 2018 This can translate into people with vaginas often feeling ashamed of their own bodies and sexuality, Kitely says. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "14 Benefits of Female Masturbation and Why Every Woman Should Do It," 31 Dec. 2018 Feeling ashamed, Kayla apologizes profusely and bursts into tears at home. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Why that disturbing #MeToo moment in 'Eighth Grade' has everyone talking," 12 July 2018 Many Americans were ashamed when Ronald Reagan was elected. David Gelernter, WSJ, "The Real Reason They Hate Trump," 21 Oct. 2018 And the very same people who made me ashamed to live here are the ones now exploiting it for clicks and views. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 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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