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

Forced to either hide in shame or accept her past, Alice makes the right decision, as seen above. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything That Happened On "Riverdale" Season 2," 8 Oct. 2018 That's still a stellar battery life and puts those of other smartwatches to shame. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018 Even with three fractured ribs, RBG puts the rest of us to shame, at work and at the gym. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "RBG Wore a Collar Gifted to Her by a Fan in Her New Supreme Court Portrait," 16 Dec. 2018 But now, the busy parents have received an even bigger honor that puts wax figures and Walk of Fame stars to shame: Chip and Jo finally have Cabbage Patch Kids created to look exactly like them, and there’s a picture to prove it. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip Gaines Is Freaking Out Over These Cabbage Patch Doll Replicas of Him and Joanna," 11 Dec. 2018 Flash fiction, short stories, and novelettes don’t usually get the same amount of attention as their longer counterparts, which is a shame. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out in late November," 15 Nov. 2018 To see this happening again and again and again is just a shame. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump laments Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, then suggests victims should have protected themselves," 27 Oct. 2018 Which is a shame, because station wagons are great: the utility of an SUV without the high seating position, sure, but also without the high center of gravity and drag coefficient. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Apart from the too familiar sight of homeless residents sleeping on sidewalks and doorways, which should shame all of us, the city increasingly has a lot to offer. Ailene Voisin, sacbee, "Sacramento faces big hurdles to luring All-Star Game. But ‘innovator’ is on its side," 17 Feb. 2018 Fox & Friends is following their caravan coverage with a story of an undocumented immigrant charged in a lethal hit and run, and trying to shame the media into covering that. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Fox News wants you to be very afraid of what’s happening at the border," 26 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, not to shame anyone, but most people don't know who your state representative or state senator is. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Abortion Measures in the Midterms You Really, Really Need to Know About," 26 Oct. 2018 Venmo has dug in its heels on the idea that people should be able to scrape public transactions to make fun of and/or shame its users, which seems like a position unlikely to end well for anyone. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Apple crushed Alex Jones — then tossed him a lifeline," 8 Aug. 2018 Still, even without stricter enforcement, the government is betting that the mere publication of pay data will shame companies into taking action, and provide employees with ammunition to press for greater pay equality. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Britain Aims to Close Gender Pay Gap With Transparency and Shame," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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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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