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shame   WordNet 2.0

- an unfortunate development
"it''s a pity he couldn''t do it"

 
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- a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt

 
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- a state of dishonor
"one mistake brought shame to all his family"
"suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"

 
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- surpass or beat by a wide margin

 
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- cause to be ashamed

 
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- compel through a sense of shame
"She shamed him into making amends"

 
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- bring shame or dishonor upon
"he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

 
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Shame   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. A painful sensation excited by a consciousness of guilt or impropriety, or of having done something which injures reputation, or of the exposure of that which nature or modesty prompts us to conceal.

"HIde, for shame, Romans, your grandsires' images, That blush at their degenerate progeny." -- Dryden.

"Have you no modesty, no maiden shame?" -- Shak.

2. Reproach incurred or suffered; dishonor; ignominy; derision; contempt.

"Ye have borne the shame of the heathen." -- Ezek. xxxvi. 6.

"Honor and shame from no condition rise." -- Pope.

"And every woe a tear can claim Except an erring sister's shame." -- Byron.

3. The cause or reason of shame; that which brings reproach, and degrades a person in the estimation of others; disgrace.

"O C&?;sar, what a wounding shame is this!" -- Shak.

"Guides who are the shame of religion." -- Shak.

4. The parts which modesty requires to be covered; the private parts. Isa. xlvii. 3.

For shame!
you should be ashamed; shame on you!

To put to shame
to cause to feel shame; to humiliate; to disgrace. "Let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil." Ps. xl. 14.

 
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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.

"Were there but one righteous in the world, he would . . . shame the world, and not the world him." -- South.

2. To cover with reproach or ignominy; to dishonor; to disgrace.

"And with foul cowardice his carcass shame." -- Spenser.

3. To mock at; to deride. [Obs. or R.]

"Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor." -- Ps. xiv. 6.

 
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1. To be ashamed; to feel shame. [R.]

"I do shame To think of what a noble strain you are." -- Shak.

 
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