shame meaning

[ ʃeim ] Pronunciation:   "shame" in a sentence
Noun: shame  sheym
  1. A painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt 
  2. A state of dishonour
    "one mistake brought shame to all his family"
    - disgrace, ignominy 
  3. An unfortunate development
    - pity
Verb: shame  sheym
  1. Bring shame or dishonour upon
    - dishonor [US], disgrace, dishonour [Brit, Cdn], attaint [archaic] 
  2. Compel through a sense of shame
    "She shamed him into making amends" 
  3. Cause to be ashamed 
  4. Surpass or beat by a wide margin

Derived forms: shaming, shamed, shames

Type of: arouse, bad luck, compel, dishonor [US], dishonour [Brit, Cdn], elicit, enkindle, evoke, exceed, feeling, fire, kindle, misfortune, obligate, oblige, outdo, outgo [archaic], outmatch, outperform, outstrip, provoke, raise, surmount, surpass

Encyclopedia: Shame

An emotional attitude excited by realization of a shortcoming or impropriety.


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  1. he was shamed into working.
  2. he felt shame as soon as he had spoken.
  3. i cannot repeat the words for very shame.
  4. she has thrown off all senses of shame.
  5. she would shame him before all the world.

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