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

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 To be labeled a Taliban sympathizer should carry the same shame as being called a white supremacist in America. WSJ, "Time for an Anti-Taliban Social-Justice Movement," 1 Feb. 2019 And experts say taking a cold hard look at your finances can lead to feelings of guilt or shame about your spending habits, financial decisions, employment status, and more—so some people avoid doing so at all. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "The Only Money Hacks You Need to Save Big in 2019," 14 Jan. 2019 Have their moods changed, displaying depression, loss of interest or shame? Jessica Ravitz, CNN, "A widow struggles to make sense of suicide when there were no signs," 8 June 2018 But historically, the shame of rejecting or being rejected by the people who are supposed to love you no matter what has kept many people from speaking out on the subject. Ashley Edwards Walker, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Estrangement — And Should You Consider It?," 21 Dec. 2018 After Toys R Us folded, it's been tough out there for children (and adults, no shame) who love a good toy store. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Hamelys, the Cult Favorite British Toy Store, Is Finally Coming to the US," 12 Dec. 2018 Now, survivors all over the country are taking to Twitter to explain #WhyIDidntReport, proving that sometimes, fear, shame, or even lack of knowledge can keep a woman from telling her story. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Survivors Take to Twitter to Share Why They Didn’t Report Their Sexual Assaults," 28 Sep. 2018 That's a shame, of course, because there's an AOL executable just waiting to be used. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 95 is now downloadable as a nostalgic 'app'," 23 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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