ashamed

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

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Examples of ashamed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Don't feel ashamed for asking for help or for accepting charity; those who donate are paying it forward. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Couple with health issues avoids out of state wedding," 28 June 2020 Don't feel ashamed for asking for help or for accepting charity; those who donate are paying it forward. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Our relatives are upset that we’re skipping a family wedding," 27 June 2020 There’s no need to be ashamed of it, no need to run away from it. Fox News, "Juan Williams: The 'heart and soul' of Juneteenth is about education, historical acknowledgement," 19 June 2020 Qadir, whose mother had been the president of the N.A.A.C.P. in West Memphis, Arkansas, felt ashamed that inmates might see him as a strikebreaker. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Punishment by Pandemic," 15 June 2020 Her mother's parents were so ashamed, they were no longer allowed to live in the apartment at their house on Humboldt. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New book 'Nashville's Songwriting Sweethearts' looks at songwriting legend Felice Bryant's Milwaukee upbringing," 10 June 2020 It’s from her TED Talk that was released in March which dives even deeper into this topic and explores how women should not be afraid or ashamed to wield the power of their beauty. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Miss Black America Ryann Richardson's TED Talk On Beauty Is Exactly What We Need Right Now," 10 June 2020 Conversely, only one in twenty Dutch, one in seven French, one in five Britons, and one in four Belgians and Italians regard their former empires as something to be ashamed of. Gary Younge, The New York Review of Books, "What Black America Means to Europe," 6 June 2020 Richmond resident Melissa McKenney was distraught by violent scenes in Virginia and said the police department should be ashamed of its actions. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "Richmond mayor condemns treatment of the press after police 'knowingly attacked' reporters," 1 June 2020

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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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“Ashamed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ashamed. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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ashamed

adjective
\ 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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