Meaning of shame


Shame is a painful feeling that’s a mix of regret, self-hate, and dishonor. A good person would feel shame if they cheated on a test or did something mean to a friend.

Feeling shame — or being ashamed — is one of the most miserable feelings of them all. When you feel shame, you feel like a bad person and regret what you did. If you’re trying to make someone else feel bad by scolding them, you’re shaming them. People also often say, “That’s a shame,” when something bad happens — meaning it’s sad or a pity.

Definitions of shame
  1. noun

    a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt

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    a feeling of shame when you do something immoral
    self-disgust, self-hatred

    shame resulting from strong dislike of yourself or your actions

    the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
    self-consciousness, uncomfortableness, uneasiness

    embarrassment deriving from the feeling that others are critically aware of you
    shamefacedness, sheepishness

    feeling embarrassed about yourself
    chagrin, humiliation, mortification

    strong feelings of embarrassment
    confusion, discombobulation

    a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused
    abashment, bashfulness

    feeling embarrassed due to modesty
    discomfiture, discomposure, disconcertion, disconcertment

    anxious embarrassment
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    the experiencing of affective and emotional states

  2. noun

    a state of dishonor

    “one mistake brought
    shame to all his family”

    disgrace, ignominy

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    state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
    obloquy, opprobrium

    state of disgrace resulting from public abuse

    state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior

    disgrace or shame
    abasement, abjection, degradation

    a low or downcast state
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    dishonor, dishonour

    a state of shame or disgrace

  3. noun

    an unfortunate development



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    bad luck, misfortune

    unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event

  4. verb

    cause to be ashamed

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    look with disfavor on
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise

    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

  5. verb

    bring shame or dishonor upon


    attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour

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    honor, honour, reward

    bestow honor or rewards upon

    befoul, defile, foul, maculate

    spot, stain, or pollute

  6. verb

    compel through a sense of shame

    shamed him into making amends”
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    compel, obligate, oblige

    force somebody to do something

  7. verb

    surpass or beat by a wide margin

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    exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass

    be or do something to a greater degree

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