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

Other Words from shameful

shamefully \ ˈshām-​fə-​lē How to pronounce shameful (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
Recent Examples on the Web It was assumed that the AI would never fall into that kind of shameful quicksand. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 The same goes for family secrets that might feel shameful. Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2022 Tuesday morning's Brooklyn subway shooting, which left 10 commuters with gunshot wounds, is the latest entry in America's shameful tradition of gun violence. Paul Leblanc, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 This means that those governments would never officially face shameful parts of their histories. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Apr. 2022 Lo and behold, this year’s prizes ended a shameful streak: Batiste is the first Black Album of the Year winner since 2008. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2022 The most shameful example involves an impasse over apportionment of representation in federal government. oregonlive, 31 Mar. 2022 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lust. Kelsey Koberg, Fox News, 30 Mar. 2022 And that would be a shameful signal for democratic politics. Maya Wiley, The New Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shameful

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

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“Shameful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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