shameful

adjective
shame·ful | \ ˈshām-fəl \

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 \ 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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Naked empowerment fantasies are exhilarating, a little shameful, and obviously implausible. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018 Oh how shameful, that the computers would use scores. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The Computer Poll Uprising: Creators of the BCS's Most Controversial Component Look Back," 11 July 2018 There are truly no words for how completely horrific and utterly shameful this revelation is. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "That Infamous Sex Scene in 'Last Tango in Paris'? Now We Know It Was Non-Consensual," 2 Dec. 2016 Religious nondiscrimination, alas, has long been honored only in the breach, as the shameful federal treatment of Mormonism in the late 19th century shows. Aziz Huq, Fortune, "What the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Ruling Could Mean for Trump’s Travel Ban," 5 June 2018 After a shameful trial, the dictatorship sentenced Otto to 15 years of hard labor before returning him to America last June, horribly injured and on the verge of death. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "Read the Full Transcript of Trump's State of the Union Address," 31 Jan. 2018 Here is an update to their shameful act of stealing the mail carrier's lunch. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Dogs steal mail carrier's lunch, then their apology note goes viral," 6 July 2018 Trump blamed Tester for ‘‘shameful dishonest attacks on a great man, a friend of mine.’’ Tester is one of 10 Democrats running in states Trump won in 2016. Catherine Lucey And Matt Volz, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump urges senator’s ouster at rally for Montana Republican," 5 July 2018 Admitting to a lie somehow becomes more shameful than continuing one. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Very English Scandal’ Is Very Good. And Scandalous.," 28 June 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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shameful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of shameful

: very bad : bad enough to make someone ashamed

shameful

adjective
shame·ful | \ ˈshām-fəl \

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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