shameful

adjective

shame·​ful ˈshām-fəl How to pronounce shameful (audio)
1
a
: bringing shame : disgraceful
b
: arousing the feeling of shame
2
archaic : full of the feeling of shame : ashamed
shamefully 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 As at women’s colleges, the HBCUs were long the only places where Black Americans were welcomed, a shameful reminder of past inequities. Brennan Barnard, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Any program that practices punitive, shameful, controlling, coercive, intimidating behavior should be reprimanded, if not shut down. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 After devoting his life and career to public service and law enforcement, Mayorkas said the threat of impeachment, one of the rarest, most shameful rebukes a government official can face, is disappointing but has not shaken his commitment. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 The way he was treated in the House of Delegates during testimony last week was truly shameful. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 There are still a great many things about the Grammys that don’t work — for starters, the show’s near-exclusion of rap music, which, as Jay-Z also noted, remains as shameful as ever. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 5 Feb. 2024 After Vietnam, so many veterans were told that their war was wrong, shameful, a stain on their country. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 5 Feb. 2024 These shameful litigation tactics are costing the district unnecessary legal expenses. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Feb. 2024 What happened next that morning was stupid, unnecessary and shameful, and a horrific reminder that getting into tiffs while driving can have tragic, ruinous consequences. Robin Abcarian, The Mercury News, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Shameful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shameful. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

shameful

adjective
shame·​ful ˈshām-fəl How to pronounce shameful (audio)
1
: bringing shame
shameful behavior
2
: arousing the feeling of shame
a shameful sight
shamefully adverb
shamefulness
-fəl-nəs
noun

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