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shame

shame

 
 
pronunciation:
sheIm
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
for shame!, put to shame
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: emotional pain brought about by the knowledge that one has done something wrong, embarrassing, or disgraceful.
synonyms:
abashment, chagrin, humiliation, mortification, regret, remorse
antonyms:
pride
similar words:
contrition
definition 2: the capacity to feel this pain.
She is utterly without shame.
synonyms:
humility, modesty
definition 3: dishonor or disrepute.
His arrest brought shame on his family.
synonyms:
discredit, disgrace, dishonor, humiliation, ignominy, opprobrium
antonyms:
glory, honor
similar words:
obloquy
definition 4: the state of being in disrepute or disfavor.
Barred from the community, they were forced to live in shame.
antonyms:
honor
definition 5: something to be regretted; disappointment.
It's a shame you can't go on vacation.What a shame!
synonyms:
disappointment, pity
antonyms:
blessing
similar words:
opprobrium
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phrase: for shame!
phrase: put to shame
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: shamed, shames, shaming
definition 1: to make (someone) feel ashamed.
synonyms:
abash, disgrace, embarrass, humiliate, mortify
similar words:
chagrin, disconcert, humble
definition 2: to cause loss of reputation for; bring disgrace on.
synonyms:
discredit, disgrace, dishonor, reproach
antonyms:
dignify
similar words:
abase, degrade, embarrass, foul
definition 3: to compel through guilt.
We shamed him into paying his debts.
synonyms:
embarrass
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derivation: shamable (shameable) (adj.)
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