\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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Being a lady with lots of things is nothing to be ashamed of. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Fall's Newest Bag Trend? Carrying Everything You Own," 10 Oct. 2018 And its auto execs, from a country that prides itself on its fast trains, reliable transit, and safe streets, should be ashamed for trying to sell our country on an idea of more highways, more driving, and more cars. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Autonomous sleeping cabins are the dystopian future we must stop," 7 Sep. 2018 The fact that is now happening to kids ought to make all of them ashamed. Fox News, "Unions brace for fallout from SCOTUS's Janus decision," 8 July 2018 Are your kids as ashamed as mine about what is happening at our borders?, "How People Are Using Fundraisers To Fight Trump's Family Separation Policy," 19 June 2018 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

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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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