- The definition of ashamed is feelings of remorse or embarrassment, usually because you did something wrong or foolish.
Being embarrassed after being caught in a lie is an example of being ashamed.
- Ashamed is defined as a feeling of not wanting to do something because others may think less of you.
Not admitting to others that you don’t know how to swim is an example of being ashamed.
- feeling shame because something bad, wrong, or foolish was done
- feeling humiliated or embarrassed, as from a sense of inadequacy or inferiority
- reluctant because fearing shame beforehand
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English asceamod, past participle of ascamian, to be ashamed ; from a-, a- plush scamian ; from scamu, shame
- ashamedly adverb
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- Feeling shame or guilt: Are you ashamed for having lied?
- Feeling inferior, inadequate, or embarrassed: ashamed of my torn coat.
- Reluctant through fear of humiliation or shame: ashamed to ask for help.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English āsceamod, past participle of āsceamian, to feel shame : ā-, intensive pref. + sceamian, to feel shame.
- a·shamˈed·ly adverb