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shame

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noun \ˈshām\

Definition of shame

  1. 1a :  a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or improprietyb :  the susceptibility to such emotion <have you no shame?>

  2. 2 :  a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute :  ignominy <the shame of being arrested>

  3. 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

Examples of shame in a sentence

  1. He felt shame for his lies.

  2. How could you be so rude? Have you no shame?

  3. Her crimes brought shame upon her family.

  4. He had to endure the shame of being fired.

Origin and Etymology of shame

Middle English, from Old English scamu; akin to Old High German scama shame


First Known Use: before 12th century


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shame

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Definition of shame

shamed

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shaming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bring shame to :  disgrace <shamed the family name>

  3. 2 :  to put to shame by outdoing

  4. 3 :  to cause to feel shame

  5. 4 :  to force by causing to feel guilty <shamed into confessing>



SHAME Defined for English Language Learners

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shame

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noun \ˈshām\

Definition of shame for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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shame

verb

Definition of shame for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to feel ashamed

  • : to force (someone) to act in a specified way by causing feelings of shame or guilt


SHAME Defined for Kids

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shame

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noun \ˈshām\

Definition of shame for Students

  1. 1 :  a painful emotion caused by having done something wrong or improper

  2. 2 :  ability to feel shame <Have you no shame?>

  3. 3 :  1dishonor 1, disgrace <There is no shame in admitting mistakes.>

  4. 4 :  something that brings disgrace or causes painful emotion or strong regret <It's a shame he couldn't join us.>


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shame

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verb

Definition of shame for Students

shamed

shaming

  1. 1 :  to make ashamed <I was shamed by my actions.>

  2. 2 :  2dishonor

  3. 3 :  to force by causing to feel shame <They were shamed into confessing.>



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