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 SPOKEN
used for expressing sympathy or disappointment:
She's resigned? Oh, what a shame.
put someone/something to shame
to make someone or something seem bad or less impressive by comparison:
They're so efficient they put us to shame.
shame on you SPOKEN
used for telling someone that they should feel guilty or embarrassed
shame 2 [ ʃeım ] verb transitive
1. ) 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 transitive
shame 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.


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  • Shame — Shame, n. [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. sk[ o]mm, shkamm, Sw. & Dan. skam, D. & G. schande, Goth. skanda shame, skaman sik to be ashamed; perhaps from a root skam meaning to cover, and akin to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • shame — [shām] n. [ME < OE scamu, akin to Ger scham] 1. 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 2. a tendency to have… …   English World dictionary

  • shame — ► NOUN 1) a feeling of humiliation or distress caused by awareness of wrong or foolish behaviour. 2) loss or respect or esteem. 3) a cause of shame. 4) a regrettable or unfortunate thing. ► VERB ▪ cause to feel ashamed. ● …   English terms dictionary

  • Shame — Shame, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shamed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shaming}.] 1. To make ashamed; to excite in (a person) a comsciousness of guilt or impropriety, or of conduct derogatory to reputation; to put to shame. [1913 Webster] Were there but one… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shame — Shame, v. i. [AS. scamian, sceamian. See {Shame}, n.] To be ashamed; to feel shame. [R.] [1913 Webster] I do shame To think of what a noble strain you are. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Shame — (dt.: „Scham“) steht für: Shame (Film), Spielfilm von Steve McQueen aus dem Jahr 2011 Shame (Lied). Poplied der deutschen Girlgroup Monrose aus dem Jahr 2006 Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • shame on — (you) you should feel embarrassed by something you have done. Protesters chanted “shame on you” at the university s president. Shame on me for not checking the schedule and getting there half an hour late …   New idioms dictionary

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