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

America's immigration policies have become the shame of the planet. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Free Shit / Music Guess who’s on our cover for a chance to win passes to the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival," 13 July 2018 Graphic facilitators carry white-out tape — there’s no shame in erasing something if the conversation takes an unexpected turn — and many use markers that can be refilled and are comfortable enough to hold for a long time. Andy Rosen, BostonGlobe.com, "Quick on the draw: Companies use live illustrators to spice up presentations," 10 July 2018 There is no shame in losing to it, but for Mexico, also nothing to be celebrated about merely maintaining the status quo yet again. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Mexico's World Cup run was fun – but it was a failure," 2 July 2018 Losing to a world power in the round of 16 would be no shame. Ronald Blum, chicagotribune.com, "'Tiki-taka' generation ends as Spain leave the World Cup," 1 July 2018 Don’t sweat it, Kramer says: The aesthetic of abundance is always a hit, and there’s no shame in packing up the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. S.pellegrino®, Bon Appetit, "A Beach Picnic, L.A. Chef–Style," 25 June 2018 There’s no personal shame in being poor, the campaign’s leaders argue, what’s shameful is maintaining a society in which poverty exists. Livia Gershon, Longreads, "The Prosperity Plea," 30 May 2018 Even in a post-Fifty Shades world, there's no shame in being new to BDSM. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "8 BDSM Sex Tips to Try If You're a Total Beginner to Bondage," 17 Apr. 2018 Its a shame that England's first ever World Cup title had this pathetic, snivelling creature associated with it, and it could be said that the Three Lions' failings at international level ever since lie solely at the feet of World Cup Willie. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 3 Days to Go - Ranking Every World Cup Mascot by How 'Hard' They Are," 11 June 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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