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 Fred tries to shame Tuello with some goofy god-will-judge nonsense which Tuello is unfazed by, and the Commander is handed over to a particularly smug Joseph Lawrence. Erik Kain, Forbes, 17 June 2021 We’re allowed to be empowered, to act on our desires without shame. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 The journey from shame to self acceptance requires hard self-reflection, vulnerability, and emotional labor. refinery29.com, 15 June 2021 And the blubbering shame of a 17-year-boy who wanted to secretly ogle men in thongs transformed itself into the joy of life with a man as cosmopolitan as anything my teenage self could have ever dreamed of. Richard Villegas Jr., Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 Save for a bit of chitchat over wine and cigarettes that ends the episode, King is really turning Darla into a two-dimensional character here, a shame given what Jennifer Jason Leigh is capable of with material that challenges her. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 11 June 2021 Real quick 'Pain and shame': Why Tuscaloosa's Bloody Tuesday remains less-known. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 It's usually hidden from sight, not because of shame but because most guests would probably find a vibrator or condoms or handcuffs lying out in the open unbecoming. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 3 June 2021 Maybe even provide a reason for pride instead of shame... Lz Granderson, ABC News, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The whole idea behind this app is to waste the scammers' time and maybe even shame them into finding another profession. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 5 June 2021 Their strategy has been to shame Western leaders into surrendering with the help of Democrats in the U.S. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 6 May 2021 But Congress and political activists can weaponize these disclosures in ways designed to shame and induce boycotts of American businesses. Dan Kim, National Review, 30 Apr. 2021 Jesus sacrificed his life to shame the ways and means of death. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 23 Apr. 2021 The idea isn't just to name and shame their scalps, but also to profit from their downfall. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 15 Apr. 2021 Police critics routinely put images of cops who aren’t wearing masks on social media to shame them. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2021 Early in the pandemic, one local police force used drones to shame a couple walking a dog on a lonely path. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2021 My only advice is to be careful not to shame the children who are behaving badly, and your suggestion to ignore the rude behavior sounds perfect. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2021

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

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19 Jun 2021

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“Shame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shame. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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