- Shame is a painful feeling of regret, guilt or embarrassment.
An example of shame is a wife feeling guilty about cheating on her husband.
shame definition by Webster's New World
- a painful feeling of having lost the respect of others because of the improper behavior, incompetence, etc. of oneself or of someone that one is close to or associated with
- a tendency to have feelings of this kind, or a capacity for such feeling
- dishonor or disgrace: to bring shame to one's family
- a person or thing that brings shame, dishonor, or disgrace
- something regrettable, unfortunate, or outrageous: it's a shame that he wasn't told
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English scamu, akin to German scham
shame definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace.b. Capacity for such a feeling: Have you no shame?
- One that brings dishonor, disgrace, or condemnation.
- A condition of disgrace or dishonor; ignominy.
- A great disappointment.
- To cause to feel shame; put to shame.
- To bring dishonor or disgrace on.
- To disgrace by surpassing.
- To force by making ashamed: He was shamed into making an apology.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English sceamu.
shame - Phrases/Idioms
put to shame
- to cause to feel shame
- to do much better than; surpass; outdo
put to shame
- To fill with shame; disgrace.
- To outdo thoroughly; surpass: Your productivity has put the rest of us to shame.