- shame1 [ ʃeım ] noun **1. ) uncount a guilty and embarrassed feeling you have when you or someone else has behaved badly:He speaks about it openly and without shame.bow/hang your head in shame (=hold your head down and look away from people because you feel ashamed): The people who let this happen should hang their heads in shame.a ) the ability to feel guilty or embarrassed when you or someone else behaves badly:Has he no shame?2. ) uncount loss of respect or a good reputation because of your own or someone else's bad behavior or bad performance:They accused her of bringing shame and disgrace on the family name.There is no shame in failing.to someone's shame: To their shame, they were proven wrong.3. ) singular a reason for feeling sad or disappointed:It seems a shame to waste all this food.It was a shame that you couldn't come with us.a great/crying/terrible shame: It would have been a crying shame if we'd have lost the game.(oh,) what a shame SPOKENused for expressing sympathy or disappointment:She's resigned? Oh, what a shame.put someone/something to shameto make someone or something seem bad or less impressive by comparison:They're so efficient they put us to shame.shame on you SPOKENused for telling someone that they should feel guilty or embarrassedshameshame 2 [ ʃeım ] verb transitive1. ) to make someone feel guilty or embarrassed:The behavior of the fans has shamed the team.2. ) to cause yourself or someone else to lose respect or a good reputation:Mom thought my divorce shamed the family.3. ) to make someone or something seem bad or less impressive by comparison:The clarity of the new TV shames even some movie screens.`shame ,into phrasal verb transitiveshame someone into doing something to make someone feel so guilty or embarrassed that they do what you want:Congress has been shamed into providing more money for the project.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.