- causing shame: shameful behavior.
- disgraceful or scandalous: shameful treatment.
Origin of shameful
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Examples from the Web for shamefully
And Sharpton, Jackson, Holder, and yes, Obama, too, are shamefully silent.As Michael Brown Grand Jury Winds Down, Is Ferguson on the Brink of War?
November 16, 2014
And yet shamefully, today their expression is accompanied by a request for anonymity.India’s Newest State Telangana Is Bosnia Redux
March 22, 2014
Mainstream American press coverage of Russia,” Cohen writes, has been “shamefully unprofessional and politically inflammatory.How the ‘Realists’ Misjudged Ukraine
March 3, 2014
This, I confess, shamefully gave rise to momentary schadenfreude—even glee.Violence is the New Normal in Abu Tor
Rabbi Daniel Landes
July 24, 2013
Republican legislation and a long ballot led to shamefully long lines in the Sunshine State.Florida’s Messy Democracy
November 8, 2012
He had been vanquished, cheated, scorned, shamefully flouted.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It was but too apparent that they had been insultingly, shamefully, disgracefully deceived.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
In two or three instances lately, I have been most shamefully out.The Letters of Robert Burns
She deemed herself a woman who had been shamefully deceived.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
And, would you believe it, though she has treated him so shamefully yet he loves her still.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
- causing or deserving shame; scandalous
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."