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  1. causing shame: shameful behavior.
  2. disgraceful or scandalous: shameful treatment.
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Origin of shameful

before 950; Middle English; Old English scamful. See shame, -ful
Related formsshame·ful·ly, adverbshame·ful·ness, noun
Can be confusedshameful shameless

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Related Words for shamefully

badly, cruelly, scandalously, wickedly, wrongly

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British Dictionary definitions for shamefully


  1. causing or deserving shame; scandalous
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Derived Formsshamefully, adverbshamefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shamefully



Old English scamful "modest;" see shame (n.) + -ful. Meaning "disgraceful, causing shame" is from c.1300. Related: Shamefully; shamefulness. Middle English shamely (adv.) "shamefully" for some reason has fallen from use. Old English scamlic (adj.) "shameful, disgraceful," but this also could mean "modest."

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