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sham·​ing ˈshā-miŋ How to pronounce shaming (audio)
: causing feelings of shame
The facts are too shaming for a proud nation to remember.Niger Calder
… for me it's a shaming reminder that for five and a half months I let a man call me "Baby Bear" …Tina Brown
What happened at Enron … was indeed a shaming episode in the history of US capitalism.Geoffrey Owen
… books that if they are left unread are truly shamingJeff Reid
shamingly adverb
I was reduced to ringing. Got the answering machine. Her voice—but insultingly impersonal, shamingly stilted. Michael Frayn


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plural shamings
: the act or activity of subjecting someone to shame, disgrace, humiliation, or disrepute especially by public exposure or criticism
Other times they would take more aggressive measures, tracking down and exposing the identities of supposed wrongdoers who the group felt had not been brought to justice. Public shaming is a standard tool for this kind of activism …Emily Bazelon
Between 1957 and 1961, he … managed to rig the outcomes of at least 43 [college basketball] games, leading to the arrests of 37 players and the shaming of several others.Eric Konigsberg
As the parade of … public shamings on Capitol Hill has shown …, the wealthy may not be universally loved, but they're America's favorite spectacle.James Poniewozik

Examples of shaming in a Sentence

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Other accusations included targeting specific players for daily bullying, weight shaming and racially insensitive remarks. Rachel Roberts, Idaho Statesman, 31 May 2024 There’s a lot of eye-opening drama here: failures, fat shaming, ice-skating scandals, controlling parents. Marshall Heyman, Vulture, 23 May 2024 For them, seemingly no punishment or public shaming is enough. Cheryl Roberts, New York Daily News, 30 Apr. 2024 During his tenure, Gonzalez allegedly created a hostile team environment in which players were targeted for body shaming, forced to play through injuries and regularly deprived of food on road trips, according to the Register’s story. Rachel Roberts, Idaho Statesman, 31 May 2024 The world exploded with shock and a cacophony of parent shaming. Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal, Parents, 14 May 2024 Dealing with the importance of self-love and tough subjects such as body image and fat shaming, the book takes a serious subject and tells it with a blend of humor and heart, the author said. Allana Haynes, Baltimore Sun, 7 May 2024 What comes through are highs and valleys seen from the inside, a clarifying memoir from an unsentimental woman who endured being called every shaming name, with powerful grace notes of understanding from a son whose eyes betray a tough childhood. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 There was an element of shaming—Perun’s staff was watching. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use


1741, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shaming was in the 14th century

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“Shaming.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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