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SHAME

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shame mean? 

SHAME (noun)
  The noun SHAME has 3 senses:

1. a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt
2. a state of dishonor
3. an unfortunate development

  Familiarity information: SHAME used as a noun is uncommon.


SHAME (verb)
  The verb SHAME has 4 senses:

1. bring shame or dishonor upon
2. compel through a sense of shame
3. cause to be ashamed
4. surpass or beat by a wide margin

  Familiarity information: SHAME used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHAME (noun)


Sense 1shame [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("shame" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shame"):

conscience (a feeling of shame when you do something immoral)

self-disgust; self-hatred (shame resulting from strong dislike of yourself or your actions)

embarrassment (the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public)


Sense 2shame [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A state of dishonor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

disgrace; ignominy; shame

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("shame" is a kind of...):

dishonor; dishonour (a state of shame or disgrace)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shame"):

humiliation (state of disgrace or loss of self-respect)

obloquy; opprobrium (state of disgrace resulting from public abuse)

odium (state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior)

reproach (disgrace or shame)


Sense 3shame [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unfortunate development

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

pity; shame

Context example:

it's a pity he couldn't do it

Hypernyms ("shame" is a kind of...):

bad luck; misfortune (unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event)


SHAME (verb)


Sense 1shame [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bring shame or dishonor upon

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

attaint; disgrace; dishonor; dishonour; shame

Context example:

he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shame"):

befoul; defile; foul; maculate (spot, stain, or pollute)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to shame Sue


Sense 2shame [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Compel through a sense of shame

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Context example:

She shamed him into making amends

Hypernyms (to "shame" is one way to...):

compel; obligate; oblige (force or compel somebody to do something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Sentence examples:

They shame him to write the letter
The performance is likely to shame Sue


Sense 3shame [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be ashamed

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Hypernyms (to "shame" is one way to...):

arouse; elicit; enkindle; evoke; fire; kindle; provoke; raise (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shame"):

discountenance (look with disfavor on)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 4shame [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surpass or beat by a wide margin

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Hypernyms (to "shame" is one way to...):

exceed; outdo; outgo; outmatch; outperform; outstrip; surmount; surpass (be or do something to a greater degree)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot shame Sue


 Learn English with... Proverbs of the week 
"Great minds think alike, but fools seldom differ." (English proverb)

"Make my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated, I will not be ashamed." (Native American proverb, tribe unknown)

"The ass went seeking for horns and lost his ears." (Arabic proverb)

"Don't postpone until tomorrow, what you can do today." (Dutch proverb)

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