shame

noun
\ˈshām \

Definition of shame 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety

b : the susceptibility to such emotion have you no shame?

2 : a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute : ignominy the shame of being arrested

3a : something that brings censure or reproach also : something to be regretted : pity it's a shame you can't go

b : a cause of feeling shame

shame

verb
shamed; shaming

Definition of shame (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring shame to : disgrace shamed the family name

2 : to put to shame by outdoing

3 : to cause to feel shame

4 : to force by causing to feel guilty shamed into confessing

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Examples of shame in a Sentence

Noun

He felt shame for his lies. How could you be so rude? Have you no shame? Her crimes brought shame upon her family. He had to endure the shame of being fired.

Verb

He was shamed by his behavior at the party. shamed the family name with his conviction for embezzlement
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Showing what’s real with no filter and certainly with no shame. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Gives Speech About Body Image at Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Summit," 11 Nov. 2018 The Macbook Pro with Retina, while prohibitively expensive, put other Mac screens to shame. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Apple's New Macs Are the Ones You've Been Waiting on For Years," 30 Oct. 2018 Fast forward to 2018, and the geniuses at Dyson are back at it with a brand-new, high-tech styling tool that puts standard curling irons and hair straighteners to shame. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Is Dyson's New Airwrap Styler Really Worth $500? We Put It to the Test," 15 Oct. 2018 Anyway the food’s beside the point: At its core, Lady Pepa is a hangout—a well-padded final stop on the road out of a ruinous night, where Madrileños come to belt out Billy Joel at the feet of a real-life piano man, free from shame or shade. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 This is a real shame for Newcastle as inserting an option to buy clause would have been a win win situation. SI.com, "Sky Sports Reporter Deals Blow to Newcastle Fans With Latest Claim on Kenedy Move," 10 July 2018 To call that a shame feels like too much of an understatement, yet to call it a tragedy feels like something Ditko himself—who had little interest in how he personally was perceived—would have disapproved of. Graeme Mcmillan, WIRED, "Steve Ditko Was More Than Just the Guy Behind Spider-Man," 9 July 2018 Landis’s shame arrived just two years after Tyler Hamilton was caught with another cyclist’s blood in his body. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Stop Boycotting Pro Cycling," 6 July 2018 That’s another real-life situation people don’t want to talk about because of shame or embarrassment. Veronica Mitchell, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ask Veronica — Accepting the truth about dementia-fueled outbursts," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Managers of the social networking site VKontakte, Russia’s answer to Facebook, issued warnings after several communities were created to publicly shame women for cavorting with foreign soccer fans. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "At World Cup, Russians embrace the world, one relationship at a time," 9 July 2018 Some people close to Mr. Najib have said the new government is attempting to publicly shame him after a hard-fought election campaign. James Hookway, WSJ, "Najib Razak, Malaysian Ex-Prime Minister, Questioned Over 1MDB," 22 May 2018 In the vegetable store, artichokes, fava beans, radicchio, tomatoes, carrots, leeks and squash blossoms are so artfully arranged as to shame any Whole Foods market. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Resort’s Tuscany cooking class has all the right ingredients," 2 July 2018 Over the last week and a half, net neutrality advocacy group Fight for the Future has put pressure on Santiago, and launched a crowdfunding effort to shame him for gutting the legislation. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "A revamped California net neutrality bill is moving forward again," 5 July 2018 This isn't the first time the talk show host has dealt with people trying to shame her online. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Kelly Ripa Slams Online Troll Who Criticized Her Work Ethic," 28 June 2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed noted that the actress, who steps into the role of The Wasp in the sequel, put Paul Rudd to shame with her work ethic. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Evangeline Lilly Worked Harder on 'Ant-Man' Stunts Than Paul Rudd," 26 June 2018 Pfizer’s move Tuesday was the first clear example of Trump successfully using the bully pulpit to shame a drug maker into doing something that is ostensibly against its own interests. Erin Mershon, STAT, "What Pfizer, Trump, and consumers got out of a surprising deal — and what they didn’t," 11 July 2018 And what better way to shame the U.S., (which failed to even qualify), into revamping its approach to youth soccer than for Mexico to win it all in Russia? John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup 2018 prediction: Mexico wins, Trump pays for the cake.," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of shame

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shame

Noun

Middle English, from Old English scamu; akin to Old High German scama shame

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shame

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have because you know you have done something wrong

: ability to feel guilt, regret, or embarrassment

: dishonor or disgrace

shame

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shame (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause (someone) to feel ashamed

: to force (someone) to act in a specified way by causing feelings of shame or guilt

shame

noun
\ˈshām \

Kids Definition of shame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a painful emotion caused by having done something wrong or improper

2 : ability to feel shame Have you no shame?

3 : dishonor entry 1 sense 1, disgrace There is no shame in admitting mistakes.

4 : something that brings disgrace or causes painful emotion or strong regret It's a shame he couldn't join us.

shame

verb
shamed; shaming

Kids Definition of shame (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make ashamed I was shamed by my actions.

3 : to force by causing to feel shame They were shamed into confessing.

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