verb (used with object), shamed, sham·ing.
- 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
Synonyms for shame
Antonyms for shame
Examples from the Web for shaming
Contemporary Examples of shaming
The stigma of sexual assault runs deep in Syrian culture as it does across the Middle East; rape is shaming and casts dishonor.Escaping Assad’s Rape Prisons: A Survivor Tells Her Story
October 28, 2014
And so the shaming of them, the public taking them down a peg or two, become moments to savor.Why Does Everyone Hate Lea Michele?
October 9, 2014
But can women like Ramadei succeed in using Internet shaming for more pointed acts of political good against male misbehavior?Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve
September 23, 2014
And she was 81: her death marks a shaming lack of bravery and innovation on the part of younger comics.I Was There: Inside Joan Rivers’ Funeral
September 8, 2014
And shaming is a cycle: because women are ashamed to come forward, the stigma persists, shaming more women, etc.Ten Reasons Women Are Losing While Gays Keep Winning
July 6, 2014
Historical Examples of shaming
However, he succeeded in shaming the child out of these thoughts.The Fortune of the Rougons
I drove the thought from me, but it came again and again, shaming me and yet fastening on me.Simon Dale
She was fair terrified of them turning Maori and shaming their father.
Of the shaming of Kunnewaaré; and of the death of the Red Knight.Parzival (vol. 1 of 2)
Wolfram von Eschenback
Farewell, farewell; we will not know you for shaming of you.The Works of John Marston
- 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