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Definitions for shameful
ˈʃeɪm fəlshame·ful

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. black, disgraceful, ignominious, inglorious, opprobrious, shamefuladjective

    (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

    "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson; "an ignominious retreat"; "inglorious defeat"; "an opprobrious monument to human greed"; "a shameful display of cowardice"

  2. disgraceful, scandalous, shameful, shockingadjective

    giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation

    "scandalous behavior"; "the wicked rascally shameful conduct of the bankrupt"- Thackeray; "the most shocking book of its time"


  1. shamefuladjective

    causing or meriting shame or disgrace; disgraceful

  2. shamefuladjective

    giving offense

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shamefuladjective

    Disgraceful; ignominious; infamous; reproachful.

    Etymology: shame and full.

    Phœbus flying so most shameful sight,
    His blushing face in foggy cloud implies,
    And hides for shame. Fairy Queen.

    This all through that great princess pride did fall,
    And came to shameful end. Fairy Queen.

    For this he shall live hated, be blasphem’d,
    Seiz’d on by force, judg’d, and to death condemn’d,
    A shameful and accurst! John Milton.

    His naval preparations were not more surprising than his quick and shameful retreat; for he returned to Carthage with only one ship, having fled without striking one stroke. Arbuth.

    The knave of diamonds tries his wily arts,
    And wins, O shameful chance! the queen of hearts. Alexander Pope.


  1. shameful

    Shame is an unpleasant self-conscious emotion often associated with negative self-evaluation; motivation to quit; and feelings of pain, exposure, distrust, powerlessness, and worthlessness.


  1. shameful

    Shameful refers to anything causing or deserving a sense of disgrace, dishonor, or guilt. It typically pertains to actions, behavior, or situations that are considered morally unacceptable, improper, or embarrassing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shamefuladjective

    bringing shame or disgrace; injurious to reputation; disgraceful

  2. Shamefuladjective

    exciting the feeling of shame in others; indecent; as, a shameful picture; a shameful sight

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shameful in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shameful in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of shameful in a Sentence

  1. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    The attitude of many countries and their officials over the coup attempt in Turkey is shameful in the name of democracy, any country and any leader who does not worry about the life of Turkish people and our democracy as much as they worry about the fate of coupists are not our friends.

  2. Ann Furedi:

    We can no longer stand back and watch this shameful political gameplay with women's health at a time of national crisis, we will no longer be complicit in government policy of booking bleeding, vomiting women on interminable ferry journeys, putting their health at serious risk.

  3. Kamla Bhai:

    We are here to demand our rights from both the Indian government and Union Carbide, we lost our children, we lost our husbands, we lost our mothers, we lost our fathers, yet we have been ignored by the government and cheated by the corporate for the last thirty years. Their treatment has been shameful.

  4. Georges Kapiamba:

    They reduced the sentence to six months but we reject that, this is shameful. The dossier is empty.

  5. Frank Valeriote:

    Today's report is a shameful reminder of the Conservatives' record, confirming that veterans cannot get timely access to the mental health services they need.

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