- feeling shame; distressed or embarrassed by feelings of guilt, foolishness, or disgrace: He felt ashamed for having spoken so cruelly.
- unwilling or restrained because of fear of shame, ridicule, or disapproval: They were ashamed to show their work.
- Chiefly Midland U.S. (especially of children) bashful; timid.
Origin of ashamed
Examples from the Web for ashamed
Sabrine says that despite the private horror of what she was going through, she was too ashamed to tell her family.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
For the first time since I put my acceptance letter in the mail, I woke up this morning ashamed of my alma mater.How UVA Is Failing Its Women
November 20, 2014
Distraught, confused and ashamed, both men broke down in the courtroom, weeping like children and begging for forgiveness.Did Picasso Try to Steal the Mona Lisa?
October 23, 2014
I am ashamed of not having seen or believed it so clearly before now.Is America a Police State? For Many, Yes
September 1, 2014
She writes of being “ashamed” of disavowing feminism, professing ignorance of its meaning and mission.Roxane Gay: Not Such a 'Bad Feminist' After All
August 12, 2014
He was ashamed, and determined to make amends by a frank confession.Brave and Bold
No, not ashamed, mother; but I thought it was not business-like, and seemed too much like a schoolboy.Life in London
Some of us will have to be ashamed of our outcry after our dead.
But she was sure however credulous she might have been, she had done nothing to be ashamed of.
She was a Christian from childhood, but she said that she was ashamed to claim the name.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- overcome with shame, guilt, or remorse
- (foll by of) suffering from feelings of inferiority or shame in relation to (a person, thing, or deed)
- (foll by to) unwilling through fear of humiliation, shame, etc
Word Origin and History for ashamed
Old English asceamed "feeling shame, filled with shame," past participle of ascamian "to feel shame," from a- intensive prefix + scamian "be ashamed, blush; cause shame" (see shame (v.)). The verb is obsolete, but the past participle lives on. Meaning "reluctant through fear of shame" is c.1300.