What does shame mean?

Definitions for shame
ʃeɪmshame

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word shame.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shamenoun

    a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt

  2. shame, disgrace, ignominynoun

    a state of dishonor

    "one mistake brought shame to all his family"; "suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"

  3. pity, shameverb

    an unfortunate development

    "it's a pity he couldn't do it"

  4. dishonor, disgrace, dishonour, attaint, shameverb

    bring shame or dishonor upon

    "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

  5. shameverb

    compel through a sense of shame

    "She shamed him into making amends"

  6. shameverb

    cause to be ashamed

  7. shameverb

    surpass or beat by a wide margin

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shamenoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. skmm, 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 root (kam) of G. hemd shirt, E. chemise. Cf. Sham.]

  2. Shamenoun

    reproach incurred or suffered; dishonor; ignominy; derision; contempt

    Etymology: [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. skmm, 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 root (kam) of G. hemd shirt, E. chemise. Cf. Sham.]

  3. Shamenoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. skmm, 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 root (kam) of G. hemd shirt, E. chemise. Cf. Sham.]

  4. Shamenoun

    the parts which modesty requires to be covered; the private parts

    Etymology: [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. skmm, 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 root (kam) of G. hemd shirt, E. chemise. Cf. Sham.]

  5. Shameverb

    to make ashamed; to excite in (a person) a comsciousness of guilt or impropriety, or of conduct derogatory to reputation; to put to shame

    Etymology: [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. skmm, 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 root (kam) of G. hemd shirt, E. chemise. Cf. Sham.]

  6. Shameverb

    to cover with reproach or ignominy; to dishonor; to disgrace

    Etymology: [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. skmm, 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 root (kam) of G. hemd shirt, E. chemise. Cf. Sham.]

  7. Shameverb

    to mock at; to deride

    Etymology: [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. skmm, 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 root (kam) of G. hemd shirt, E. chemise. Cf. Sham.]

  8. Shamenoun

    to be ashamed; to feel shame

    Etymology: [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. skmm, 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 root (kam) of G. hemd shirt, E. chemise. Cf. Sham.]

Freebase

  1. Shame

    Shame is, variously, an affect, emotion, cognition, state, or condition. The roots of the word shame are thought to derive from an older word meaning "to cover"; as such, covering oneself, literally or figuratively, is a natural expression of shame. Nineteenth century scientist Charles Darwin, in his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, described shame affect as consisting of blushing, confusion of mind, downward cast eyes, slack posture, and lowered head, and he noted observations of shame affect in human populations worldwide. He also noted the sense of warmth or heat occurring in intense shame. A "sense of shame" is the consciousness or awareness of shame as a state or condition. Such shame cognition may occur as a result of the experience of shame affect or, more generally, in any situation of embarrassment, dishonor, disgrace, inadequacy, humiliation, or chagrin. A condition or state of shame may also be assigned externally, by others, regardless of one's own experience or awareness. "To shame" generally means to actively assign or communicate a state of shame to another. Behaviors designed to "uncover" or "expose" others are sometimes used for this purpose, as are utterances like "Shame!" or "Shame on you!" Finally, to "have shame" means to maintain a sense of restraint against offending others while to "have no shame" is to behave without such restraint.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shame

    shām, n. the feeling caused by the exposure of that which ought to be concealed, or by a consciousness of guilt: the cause of shame, a person or thing to be ashamed of: disgrace, dishonour: (B.) the parts of the body which modesty requires to be concealed.—v.t. to make ashamed: to cause to blush: to cover with reproach: to drive or compel by shame.—adj. Shame′faced (properly Shame′fast, A.S. sceam-fæst), very modest or bashful.—adv. Shame′facedly.—ns. Shame′facedness, Shame′fastness, modesty.—adj. Shame′ful, disgraceful.—adv. Shame′fully.—n. Shame′fulness.—adj. Shame′less, immodest: done without shame: audacious.—adv. Shame′lessly.—n. Shame′lessness.—adj. Shame′-proof (Shak.), insensible to shame.—ns. Shā′mer, one who, or that which, makes ashamed; Shame′-reel, the first dance after the celebration of marriage, the bride being the best man's partner, the best maid the bridegroom's.—For shame, an interjectional phrase, signifying 'you should be ashamed!'—Put to shame, to cause to feel shame. [A.S. sceamu, scamu, modesty; Ice. skömm, a wound, Ger. scham.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Shame

    An emotional attitude excited by realization of a shortcoming or impropriety.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shame' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1561

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shame' in Nouns Frequency: #1914

Anagrams for shame »

  1. Ahems

  2. Haems

  3. Hames

  4. Shema

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shame in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shame in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of shame in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Hausding:

    It would have been nice if they could have rented a bus for the team to do some sightseeing around the city, to be in Tokyo and not be able to see anything is a real shame.

  2. Donald Trump:

    You see our inner cities, we spend billions and billions and billions, for years and years and years, and its stolen money and its wasted money -- and its a shame.

  3. Scott Harrison:

    I think so many charities have operated in shame and guilt: Let me make you feel as bad as possible about yourself so you’ll reach into your wallet and give. For us, it’s much more invitational. It’s a great opportunity not based in guilt or shame, no one is going to wear a T-shirt about an organization that makes you feel lousy about yourself. But we do wear T-shirts from Nike because Nike makes us feel great about ourselves. Nike believes that within us is greatness.

  4. Farid Fata:

    I have violated the Hippocratic oath and violated the trust of my patients, i do not know how I can heal the wound. I do not know how to express the sorrow and the shame.

  5. Conrad Plyler:

    I don't think of Conrad Plyler as an anomaly, I think that younger Republican voters are more progressive... and it has now become a generational thing inside the party, so, if Republicans are scared of these kinds of voters, then they are scared of Republicans. That's the shame of it.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. lacerate
    • B. splay
    • C. sesquipedalian
    • D. motile

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