the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another: She was overcome with shame.
susceptibility to this feeling: to be without shame.
disgrace; ignominy: His actions brought shame upon his parents.
a fact or circumstance bringing disgrace or regret: The bankruptcy of the business was a shame. It was a shame you couldn't come with us.
to cause to feel shame; make ashamed: His cowardice shamed him.
to publicly humiliate or shame for being or doing something specified (usually used in combination): kids who've been fat-shamed and bullied; dog-shaming pictures of canines chewing up shoes.
to drive, force, etc., through shame: He shamed her into going.
to cover with ignominy or reproach; disgrace.
Idioms about shame
for shame! you should feel ashamed!: What a thing to say to your mother! For shame!
put to shame,
to cause to suffer shame or disgrace.
to outdo; surpass: She played so well she put all the other tennis players to shame.
- sham·a·ble, shame·a·ble, adjective
- sham·a·bly, shame·a·bly, adverb
- half-shamed, adjective
- outshame, verb (used with object), out·shamed, out·sham·ing.
- un·sham·a·ble, adjective
- un·shame·a·ble, adjective
- un·shamed, adjective
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How to use shame in a sentence
Evidence suggests that shame can undermine, rather than promote, moral motivation.Philosophy And Psychology Agree – Yelling At People Who Aren’t Wearing Masks Won’t Work | LGBTQ-Editor | September 21, 2020 | No Straight News
If you talk to the women now — having participated in a series, having come clean with their story, having decided to speak openly about it to cameras — I think you’ll find much less shame.“People want to believe”: How Love Fraud builds an absorbing docuseries around a romantic con man | Alissa Wilkinson | September 4, 2020 | Vox
It’s a shame with all of that flooding, we may miss it again the next time he’s actually onto something.
It would be a shame if that couldn’t be brought to bear across the whole planet.‘Work to your strength’: Huawei’s CTO weighs in on U.S. efforts to build a Huawei alternative | Veta Chan | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
What’s a shame is that Huawei has arguably the most efficient 5G products.‘Work to your strength’: Huawei’s CTO weighs in on U.S. efforts to build a Huawei alternative | Veta Chan | August 20, 2020 | Fortune
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her own muddled feelings of confusion, shame, and fear are what make the essay great and what make the essay her story.
Tell Lady Maude the candid truth, and take shame and blame to yourself, as you deserve.
I had it put in order whilst you were in London; it was a shame to let a sacred place remain in such a state.
For better is the iniquity of a man, than a woman doing a good turn, and a woman bringing shame and reproach.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
He could not possibly doubt or question, and shame flooded him till he felt himself the meanest man alive.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
My own yielding folly alone is to blame, and I shall take shame to myself for ever.
British Dictionary definitions for shame
a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of having done something dishonourable, unworthy, degrading, etc
capacity to feel such an emotion
ignominy or disgrace
a person or thing that causes this
an occasion for regret, disappointment, etc: it's a shame you can't come with us
put to shame
to surpass totally
Southern African informal
an expression of sympathy
an expression of pleasure or endearment
to cause to feel shame
to bring shame on; disgrace
(often foll by into) to compel through a sense of shame: he shamed her into making an apology
name and shame See name (def. 17)
- shamable or shameable, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with shame
In addition to the idiom beginning with shame
- shame on you
- crying shame
- for shame
- put to shame
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.