shame

noun
\ ˈshām How to pronounce shame (audio) \

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

Before seeking help, many people with BDD avoid getting diagnosed out of fear and shame. Stephanie Dubick, SELF, "How to Show Up for Someone You Love With Body Dysmorphic Disorder," 16 Apr. 2019 To add some sort of shame and demonization on top of all that is just unconscionable. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "What Unplanned Gets Wrong About Abortion, According to Experts," 11 Apr. 2019 Cunningham felt festering shame and regret over having betrayed those who had trusted him. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 But those exhumations were scattered and unofficial, kept out of public view by fear and shame. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 Shutterstock Located in the historic region of Transylvania, Sighisoara may not be on the radar of many travelers, but that’s a shame. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 And like the leading ladies in Bella's IG post, more and more celebrities, including Halsey, Paris Jackson, and Lourdes Leon are publicly supporting the fact that there's no shame in the body hair game. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Posts Photos of Julia Roberts and Madonna Rocking Armpit Hair," 18 Nov. 2018 And there’s no shame in avoiding types of storytelling that don’t suit you. Julie Muncy, The Verge, "This queer horror game forces you to literally tear yourself apart," 8 Nov. 2018 My actions have brought shame to the world of football. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Former Guatemalan soccer head to forfeit $350,000," 5 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some online trolls may have tried to shame Ocasio-Cortez by sharing a video that captured her dancing on a rooftop, but the Internet has turned that narrative around. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dance to Selena Gomez, Beyoncé, and More," 4 Jan. 2019 The lengths to which the family has gone to raise the funds — including the GoFundMe appeal, a related Facebook page and the public reportage of Andrew’s lemonade stand and the family’s medical needs — should shame America. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "That heartwarming story about a kid crowdfunding for his infant brother defines what's wrong with U.S. healthcare," 4 June 2018 Breakups that happen because two people want different things don’t have to get ugly, and there doesn’t have to be a villain. Don’t shame someone for knowing herself well enough to make a hard choice. Meredith Clark, SELF, "Real Women Share the Best and Worst Responses to a Friend Going Through a Breakup," 22 Dec. 2018 Why Locals Hang Out at the Airport Changi Airport already puts the JFKs of the world to shame with its feel-good amenities like a butterfly garden and a movie theater. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Singapore: The (Mini) Black Book," 14 Nov. 2018 And in the state of Rajasthan, a group of volunteers has attempted to shame public pee-ers by playing drums and blowing whistles. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Seattle Times, "Paris tries a solution to peeing on historic streets: open sidewalk urinals," 14 Aug. 2018 Then who should join the conversation but her new husband with perhaps one of the best ways to respond to someone attempting to shame your partner. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Maren Morris Has A Reminder For Trolls: Don’t Slut-Shame Women For Their Outfits," 17 June 2018 The four-year-old celeb tot and her five-year-old cousin, Penelope Disick, celebrated their upcoming birthdays with an extravagant unicorn party that put all of our childhood bashes to shame. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West and Penelope Disick Just Had the Most Extra Unicorn Birthday Party and We're Jealous," 4 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce shame (audio) \

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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