shameful

adjective
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
Recent Examples on the Web These shameful performances often take place before pot-bellied men enacting the ancient king’s annual return from exile in the netherworld to meet his subjects. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 Allowing me to spend the last five months sitting with a ton of stress was shameful. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Burlington police chief resigns after anonymously trolling critic; new chief axed hours later for same thing," 17 Dec. 2019 The complete lack of understanding here is shameful. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Chris Evans and more actors criticize James Dean's posthumous CGI movie role," 7 Nov. 2019 In contemporary Hollywood, loose talk and shameful behavior leads to steady employment for Ray Donovan, portrayed by Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber in Showtime's series of the same name. Hugh Hart, latimes.com, "Be it 'Ray Donovan,' 'Billions' or 'Trust,' TV's fixers crank up the tension," 6 June 2018 The complete lack of understanding here is shameful. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Chris Evans and more actors criticize James Dean's posthumous CGI movie role," 7 Nov. 2019 The complete lack of understanding here is shameful. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Chris Evans and more actors criticize James Dean's posthumous CGI movie role," 7 Nov. 2019 The complete lack of understanding here is shameful. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Chris Evans and more actors criticize James Dean's posthumous CGI movie role," 7 Nov. 2019 Harder, because both were (or still are, in Bissinger’s case) received in the world as heterosexual, successful, wealthy white men—an armor whose cracking is perforce traumatic, shameful, and almost always hidden. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Soul-Searching of Buzz Bissinger," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of shameful

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

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15 Jan 2020

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“Shameful.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shameful. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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More Definitions for shameful

shameful

adjective
How to pronounce shameful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shameful

: very bad : bad enough to make someone ashamed

shameful

adjective
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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