Felt shame for having dropped out of school.
To bring shame to one's family.
An example of shame is a wife feeling guilty about cheating on her husband.
Have you no shame?
It's a shame that he wasn't told.
Shamed into apologizing.
When I realized that I had hurt my friend, I felt deep shame.
The teenager couldn't bear the shame of introducing his parents.
Felt shame for cheating on the exam.
Have you no shame?
An act that brought shame on the whole family.
I was shamed into making an apology.
Behavior that shamed him in the eyes of the community.
Wanted revenge because a rival had shamed him in the previous race.
It was a shame not to see the show after driving all that way.
Cover your shame!
Shame, you poor thing, you must be cold!
I was shamed by the teacher's public disapproval.
- To cause to feel shame.
- To outdo thoroughly; surpass:Your kindness has put the rest of us to shame.
- An understanding and respect for propriety and morality.
- you ought to be ashamed! here is cause for shame!
- to cause to feel shame
- to do much better than; surpass; outdo
- shame should be felt by; this is shameful of
Origin of shame
- Middle English from Old English sceamu
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English scamu, scomu, sceamu, sceomu (“shame"), from Proto-Germanic *skamō, and thus cognate with Old High German skama (whence German Scham), Old Dutch skama (Dutch schaamte), Old Frisian skame (West Frisian skamte), and Old Norse skÇ«mm (whence Icelandic skömm, Danish skam). From Proto-Indo-European *ḱem- (“cover, shroud"), which may also be the source of heaven; see that entry for details.
- Compare also Persian شرم (Å¡arm) and Tosk Albanian shaj (“to insult, offend, slander") / Gheg Albanian shamÃ« (“an insult, offence").
- From Old English scamian.