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

With the death of Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, Occitan speakers began to feel pride, rather than shame, in their language that the government had actively repressed for decades. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "This Musician’s Songs Give Powerful Voice to a Language in Crisis," 3 July 2018 In this filing are portions of McCaw's deposition, which reveal an administration that simply had no shame, nor any problem easily violating the very ethos on which the Baptist university is founded. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Baylor has no shame after regents 'scapegoated' black football players in rape scandal," 27 June 2018 Society began to reckon with the stigma, shame, intimidation and trauma that kept those victims from coming forward. Ruth Padawer, New York Times, "Should Statutes of Limitations for Rape Be Abolished?," 19 June 2018 Kudos to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for using their platform to help break the barrier of stigma and shame. refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle Has Championed Menstrual Equity — Here's Why You Should Too," 21 May 2018 In Jillian Bauer-Reese’s classroom, student journalists are thinking intently about navigating a crisis worsened by stigma and shame. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Temple students' class project on addiction teaches us all | Mike Newall," 16 May 2018 Eunice, who died in 2009 at the age of 88, knew all about the stigma and shame. Wendy Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "The formidable Kennedy sister," 20 Apr. 2018 Everything looks and feels organic, and -- critically -- there's no shame or stigma attached to anything. Will Nevin, OregonLive.com, "TBT #35: Weight loss camp murders, kid heists and more coming in comics," 20 Apr. 2018 Weekday afternoons, guides will show you around the factory, which includes laser-cutting machines, a take-apart room where humans check that pieces are fully separated, and the wall of shame - a photo collage of naughty dogs. Melanie D.g. Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "Boulder, Colorado, does things its own way," 12 July 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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