Definition of ashamed in English:



  • 1[predicative] Embarrassed or guilty because of one's actions, characteristics, or associations.

    ‘you should be ashamed of yourself’
    ‘his clothes and manners made me ashamed of him’
    [with clause] ‘she felt ashamed that she had hit him’
    • ‘I know I had something else to be ashamed of, but I can't think of it right now.’
    • ‘While I feel like it is not something to be ashamed of, I am diligently learning to live with this affliction.’
    • ‘So the children feel guilty and ashamed and, as it's their fault, they don't tell anyone.’
    • ‘It is a wonderful story, not something we should be ashamed of or embarrassed about.’
    • ‘From that, what I have learnt is never to be ashamed of saying you're sorry.’
    • ‘He said things he knew perfectly well he did not mean, and he was not at all ashamed of owning this strange character trait.’
    • ‘I was ashamed of our behaviour, I don't think it was very dignified.’
    • ‘I'm still ashamed of how poorly I did on that particular challenge.’
    • ‘I have shown people that it is ok, there is nothing to be ashamed of.’
    • ‘Obviously, Saturday was disappointing because of the result but the players shouldn't be ashamed of their efforts.’
    • ‘I felt so ashamed and so guilty, and I almost just wanted to die because of what I had done to my kids.’
    • ‘I'm not ashamed of doing anything in public, in front of everybody, I don't care.’
    • ‘I guess this is the point where I should be contrite and say I was ashamed of myself, but I wasn't.’
    • ‘I will admit to smoking the odd joint and I am not embarrassed or ashamed of it.’
    • ‘Look, voting is a privilege as well as a right and if you don't vote, you should be ashamed of yourself.’
    • ‘On one side, he felt guilty and ashamed, and on the other he just felt angry that it hadn't worked.’
    • ‘They were not ashamed of smoking, for instance, but of smoking the wrong brand.’
    • ‘The good politician rolls his logs in public, and is not ashamed of his job.’
    • ‘I'd normally be ashamed of writing about a politician's appearance.’
    • ‘Continue being proud of who you are because you have nothing to be ashamed of, and everything to be proud of.’
    sorry, shamefaced, abashed, sheepish, guilty, conscience-stricken, guilt-ridden, contrite, remorseful, repentant, penitent, hangdog, regretful, rueful, apologetic
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    1. 1.1[with infinitive]Reluctant to do something through fear of embarrassment or humiliation.
      ‘I'm ashamed to say I followed him home’
      ‘I am not ashamed to be seen with them’
      • ‘I fear what will happen to us all but I am ashamed to admit I have no hope anymore, too much has been lost.’
      • ‘People seem ashamed to voice their religious views for fear of being laughed at.’
      • ‘Everyone whose eye I met turned away, as though afraid or ashamed to look at me.’
      • ‘Thomas shook his head, afraid and somewhat ashamed to say that he was in the same class as Anna.’
      • ‘There are too many Christians, who are afraid and ashamed to tell others about His love, grace and mercy.’
      reluctant, loath, unwilling, disinclined, hesitant, indisposed, slow, afraid
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Old English āscamod, past participle of āscamian ‘feel shame’, from ā- (as an intensifier) + the verb shame.