verb (used with object), shamed, sham·ing.
- shame on you,
- to cause to suffer shame or disgrace.
- to outdo; surpass: She played so well she put all the other tennis players to shame.
Origin of shame
Examples from the Web for shame
But there's a ton of value for me in my background and my history, and losing it would be a shame.
As ever, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show crew encouraged us to find some humor alongside the horror and the shame.Jon Stewart Laughs to Keep From Vomiting at the CIA Report|Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The post-dinner conversations of staffers and policy-makers was seamed with shame, and even defeatism.
It's a shame, because Samberg's work on Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been stronger than ever this past season.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More|Kevin Fallon|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Her own muddled feelings of confusion, shame, and fear are what make the essay great and what make the essay her story.
Oh, what a shame to take him through the streets in such a helpless condition!Fireside Stories for Girls in Their Teens|Margaret White Eggleston
It's a shame to see a minister of the Gospel drowning his grief in liquor.The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant|Alexander Johnstone Wilson
The willows,” he says, “bow themselves to every wind, out of shame for their unfruitfulness.Rubiyt of Omar Khayym and Salmn and Absl|Omar Khayym and Ralph Waldo Emerson
The church of Rome has acted upon this principle, and even Protestants (to the shame of Protestantism) have followed her example.Notes on the Book of Deuteronomy, Volume II|Charles Henry Mackintosh
She must be put to grief and shame, while he, the one on whose head the real sin lay, escaped.How It All Came Round|L. T. Meade
- to disgrace
- to surpass totally
- an expression of sympathy
- an expression of pleasure or endearment
Word Origin for shame
Old English scamu, sceomu "feeling of guilt or disgrace; confusion caused by shame; disgrace, dishonor, insult, loss of esteem or reputation; shameful circumstance, what brings disgrace; modesty; private parts," from Proto-Germanic *skamo (cf. Old Saxon skama, Old Norse skömm, Swedish skam, Old Frisian scome, Dutch schaamte, Old High German scama, German Scham). The best guess is that this is from PIE *skem-, from *kem- "to cover" (covering oneself being a common expression of shame).
Until modern times English had a productive duplicate form in shand. An Old Norse word for it was kinnroði, literally "cheek-redness," hence, "blush of shame." Greek distinguished shame in the bad sense of "disgrace, dishonor" (aiskhyne) from shame in the good sense of "modesty, bashfulness" (aidos). To put (someone or something) to shame is mid-13c. Shame culture attested by 1947.
Old English scamian "be ashamed, blush, feel shame; cause shame," from the root of shame (n.). Cf. Old Saxon scamian, Dutch schamen, Old High German scamen, Danish skamme, Gothic skaman, German schämen sich. Related: Shamed; shaming.
In addition to the idiom beginning with shame
- shame on you
- crying shame
- for shame
- put to shame