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Meaning & Definition of Shame in English

English

Shame

/ʃem/

noun

1. A painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt

    synonym:
  • shame

2. A state of dishonor

  • "One mistake brought shame to all his family"
  • "Suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"
    synonym:
  • shame
  • ,
  • disgrace
  • ,
  • ignominy

3. An unfortunate development

  • "It's a pity he couldn't do it"
    synonym:
  • pity
  • ,
  • shame

verb

1. Bring shame or dishonor upon

  • "He dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"
    synonym:
  • dishonor
  • ,
  • disgrace
  • ,
  • dishonour
  • ,
  • attaint
  • ,
  • shame

2. Compel through a sense of shame

  • "She shamed him into making amends"
    synonym:
  • shame

3. Cause to be ashamed

    synonym:
  • shame

4. Surpass or beat by a wide margin

    synonym:
  • shame

Examples of using

It's a shame I can't afford the gift she deserves.
He has brought shame upon his family.
It's a shame.