\ 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 ashamed (audio) \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Emotions really aren’t something that anyone should be ashamed of. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Aug. 2022 Curry had nothing to be ashamed of defensively in Game 1, considering most of the breakdowns weren’t on him. Shane Young, Forbes, 6 June 2022 The group holds outsize influence over Congress, which should be ashamed of its lack of urgency today. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 Anter believes that this lack of support for non-custodial mothers is the reason these women are so ashamed and feel the need to hide their custodial status. Ginger Gentile, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 People are so ashamed to talk about it and ask for help. Tomás Mier,, 2 Aug. 2021 Inna also felt ashamed of sizing up her mother in this way. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 Then Russia invaded eastern Ukraine in 2014, and Russian speakers like her felt ashamed. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 The best approach begins with a culture of psychological safety where an employee doesn't feel ashamed or fearful of expressing a need for help. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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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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