shame

noun
\ ˈshām How to pronounce shame (audio) \

Definition of shame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety
b : the susceptibility to such emotion have you no shame?
2 : a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute : ignominy the shame of being arrested
3a : something that brings censure or reproach also : something to be regretted : pity it's a shame you can't go
b : a cause of feeling shame

shame

verb
shamed; shaming

Definition of shame (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to bring shame to : disgrace shamed the family name
2 : to put to shame by outdoing
3 : to cause to feel shame
4 : to force by causing to feel guilty shamed into confessing

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Examples of shame in a Sentence

Noun

He felt shame for his lies. How could you be so rude? Have you no shame? Her crimes brought shame upon her family. He had to endure the shame of being fired.

Verb

He was shamed by his behavior at the party. shamed the family name with his conviction for embezzlement
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The elderly think the shame of being victimized is greater than going to authorities or telling someone what is happening to them. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ask Veronica — Elder abuse needs to be part of the conversation on aging," 16 Sep. 2019 The shame is that, as with 2018 and ‘17, Trout won’t get a chance to add to those impressive stats. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Mike Trout's Unfortunate Season-Ending Injury Shouldn't Impact MVP Race," 15 Sep. 2019 For everyone who loses a game, a match or a championship these days, blame always is waiting, and shame always is lurking. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Even for Popovich, ‘blame game’ can be hard to avoid," 14 Sep. 2019 What’s a shame is that people will make headlines just to get hits, just to get views, and all of a sudden these rumors spread that are completely untrue. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Drew Brees on video controversy: ‘I do not support any groups that discriminate’," 6 Sep. 2019 The shame and stigma surrounding female masturbation is a reason both Loyst and Milhausen give for why women still masturbate less than men. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "Masturbation Is Self Care & Women Are Better At It Than Men," 24 July 2019 In a 2009 paper about To Catch A Predator, Kohm, the criminologist, wrote about the power of shame in our pop culture. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "There’s a global movement of Facebook vigilantes who hunt pedophiles," 24 July 2019 The resultant feelings of shame, of both the victims and their families, create a culture of silence, perpetuated over several generations of women and young boys. Fakhrriyyah Hashim, Quartz Africa, "How Nigeria’s conservative northern region came to terms with its MeToo movement," 22 July 2019 Also the opposite of the default world: There are no feelings of shame for having a big butt, large tummy, or gender nonconforming body here. Steven Thrasher, Teen Vogue, "Compost Bin! Burlesque Show Provides Space and Celebration for All Bodies," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And now a white man seeks to shame a black man who dares to be his equal. baltimoresun.com, "Letters: Trump’s tweets about Cummings are not about Howard County; and more from readers," 6 Aug. 2019 Presidential words that would shame haters and inspire lovers instead stay under wraps, so that some 90 percent of the press can despise Trump in peace. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Don’t Ignore Trump Unifying, Anti-Racist Rhetoric," 9 Aug. 2019 So instead of standing up for and protecting breastfeeding mothers and our children, already under the duress faced by flying with our young children, KLM would rather hold up antiquated values that shame women’s bodies. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Breastfeeding Mom Warns ‘Do NOT Fly with KLM’ After Flight Attendant Says to Cover Up Per Policy," 17 July 2019 Two things became apparent this week after a federal judge blocked President Trump’s requirement that drug prices be disclosed in TV commercials — a move intended to shame pharmaceutical companies into being friendlier to patients. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "Drug companies say you’d just be ‘confused’ if they included prices in TV ads," 12 July 2019 The Trump administration, including Secretary Alex Azar of Health and Human Services, had argued that requiring such disclosure could shame the drugmakers into lowering their prices. Katie Rogers, BostonGlobe.com, "Judge: Trump administration cannot require drug companies to disclose prices in TV ads," 9 July 2019 The Trump administration, including Secretary Alex M. Azar II of Health and Human Services, had argued that requiring such disclosure could shame the drugmakers into lowering their prices. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Judge Blocks Trump Rule Requiring Drug Companies to List Prices in TV Ads," 8 July 2019 And Goldberg won’t be the last woman to shame another woman for taking said photos. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Bella Thorne and Whoopi Goldberg’s fight over nude photos is bigger than both of them," 21 June 2019 Players were even listed in the locker room (not before the media) to shame them. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Here’s how Brian Flores is laying down the new culture with the Dolphins | Commentary," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of shame

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shame

Noun

Middle English, from Old English scamu; akin to Old High German scama shame

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shame

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have because you know you have done something wrong
: ability to feel guilt, regret, or embarrassment
: dishonor or disgrace

shame

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shame (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause (someone) to feel ashamed
: to force (someone) to act in a specified way by causing feelings of shame or guilt

shame

noun
\ ˈshām How to pronounce shame (audio) \

Kids Definition of shame

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a painful emotion caused by having done something wrong or improper
2 : ability to feel shame Have you no shame?
3 : dishonor entry 1 sense 1, disgrace There is no shame in admitting mistakes.
4 : something that brings disgrace or causes painful emotion or strong regret It's a shame he couldn't join us.

shame

verb
shamed; shaming

Kids Definition of shame (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make ashamed I was shamed by my actions.
3 : to force by causing to feel shame They were shamed into confessing.

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