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 The ensuing 11 months included literal and figurative walks of shame, from a clunky and ill-conceived attempt at a spring-training apology to salvos fired from Dodgers and Yankees clubhouses. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Bang on this: Astros roll over Athletics to reach fourth consecutive ALCS," 8 Oct. 2020 Every October, the country largely ignores Filipino American History Month, which is a shame, given the enormous, contributory role Filipino Americans have played in shaping the American experience for everyone. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "COVID-19 is devastating Filipino Americans," 7 Oct. 2020 Former special agent Eric Jackson said the coin is both a badge of honor and a badge of shame. Jeff Pegues, CBS News, "Former Black special agents say FBI's culture is "not conducive to minorities"," 7 Oct. 2020 Even the families of victims, wary of scandal or feeling a misplaced sense of shame, tend to hush it up. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "The 22-Year-Old Force Behind Egypt’s Growing #MeToo Movement," 2 Oct. 2020 Their sins are quantifiable, and deserving of shame through loud public discourse. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Black folks can’t risk canceling allies in their righteous anger," 24 Sep. 2020 Understand, there’s no shame in having varying levels of comfort. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 bosses may have to be good disagreeing on football start," 24 Sep. 2020 While the weather in North Texas may still feel like summer, with the exception of last week’s record-breaking temperature drop, there’s no shame in getting into fall flavors. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Where to find fall-flavored treats in Grapevine," 17 Sep. 2020 If this information isn't readily available, there’s no shame in inquiring further, as long as the query is done with respect and politeness. Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg.com, "How to Attend a Wedding (or Not) During a Pandemic," 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The government may publicly shame those on a blacklist of offenders by publishing their names and identity card numbers, and by barring them from leaving the country, among other possible penalties. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "Would Trump's $750 tax bill be a scandal in other countries?," 30 Sep. 2020 Whereas in British Columbia, there’s been much more of an emphasis on trust in the population, do not shame the few people who seem to be contravening guidelines. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "An expert’s take on what the U.S., U.K did wrong in Covid-19 communications — and what others did right," 18 Sep. 2020 This isn’t to shame anyone who enjoys a good snicker at our expense. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "We hear your giggles, but we're still calling them Pocket Rockets," 4 Sep. 2020 Yet rather than expand access to the pods, districts are trying to shame better-off parents into refraining from providing their children with a superior education. Jason Bedrick, National Review, "Why Parents Love ‘Pandemic Pods’ for School — but Bureaucrats Hate Them," 21 Aug. 2020 An employer that at least tries to support its workers is going to reap more loyalty and productivity than one that seeks to shame them into silence. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, "I asked for help paying for home office equipment but got a guilt trip instead," 20 Aug. 2020 Snacks that our dentists or nutritionists might shame us about. Allison Morrow, CNN, "RIP jeans. We're all eating our feelings now," 13 Aug. 2020 Further into the Q&A Sarah also shared that haters would try to shame her for being a young mom. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About TikTok Star Sarah Magusara," 19 May 2020 The new requirement comes after a San Diego woman last month tried to publicly shame a barista who refused to serve her for not wearing a mask. cleveland, "Starbucks customers will be required to wear masks starting next week," 10 July 2020

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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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Time Traveler for shame

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The first known use of shame was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shame. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for shame

shame

noun
How to pronounce shame (audio)

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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