shame·​ful | \ ˈshām-fəl How to pronounce shameful (audio) \

Definition of shameful

1a : bringing shame : disgraceful
b : arousing the feeling of shame
2 archaic : full of the feeling of shame : ashamed

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Other Words from shameful

shamefully \ ˈshām-​fə-​lē How to pronounce shamefully (audio) \ adverb
shamefulness noun

Examples of shameful in a Sentence

There is no excuse for such shameful behavior. shameful behavior by a bunch of drunken boors

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The end of internet-free living means that many of each of our most shameful moments have been documented and preserved. WSJ, "Dissecting the College Scandal," 12 Feb. 2019 Given that medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in this country, of course health-care costs fuel the already shameful wealth disparity between people of color and white Americans. Nina Turner, Vogue, "Why Universal Health Care, Higher Wages, and Free Public Education Are Crucial Issues for Black Women," 3 May 2019 Michelle Alexander uncovered this shameful truth in her book The New Jim Crow. Alicia Garza, Marie Claire, "Alicia Garza on How Women Are Battling Mass Incarceration," 30 Apr. 2019 Crediting their future gratitude for his present need to feel validated is shameful. WSJ, "Thanks, Mom and Dad, for Not Oversharing My Life," 12 Apr. 2019 Given this miracle, the Chemnitz marches should be viewed like Charlottesville: ugly, shameful and terrifying, but not a threat to the democratic fabric. Josef Joffe, WSJ, "Is Germany Slouching Toward Weimar Again?," 23 Sep. 2018 There’s nothing shameful or disgusting about your period. Korin Miller, SELF, "Can I Get a Pelvic Exam or Pap Smear on My Period?," 7 Jan. 2019 And as Johannes flees the city in an attempt to escape persecution, his sister Marin refuses to say goodbye, crumbling under the weight of her own shameful secret. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Miniaturist Star Anya Taylor-Joy Talks Marin's Secret and This Episode's Most Shocking Scene," 17 Sep. 2018 The Pritzker campaign should immediately take down this dishonest and shameful ad. Rick Pearson,, "Rauner calls Pritzker attack ad about Trump immigration policy 'dishonest'," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of shameful

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of shameful was in the 13th century

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English Language Learners Definition of shameful

: very bad : bad enough to make someone ashamed


shame·​ful | \ ˈshām-fəl How to pronounce shameful (audio) \

Kids Definition of shameful

: bringing shame : disgraceful “It would have been shameful to fail … when everyone knew that you could do well.”— Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

Other Words from shameful

shamefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
shamefulness noun

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