Definition of ashamed in English:

ashamed

adjective

  • 1predicative 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 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.’
    • ‘I'm not ashamed of doing anything in public, in front of everybody, I don't care.’
    • ‘They were not ashamed of smoking, for instance, but of smoking the wrong brand.’
    • ‘So the children feel guilty and ashamed and, as it's their fault, they don't tell anyone.’
    • ‘On one side, he felt guilty and ashamed, and on the other he just felt angry that it hadn't worked.’
    • ‘I'd normally be ashamed of writing about a politician's appearance.’
    • ‘It is a wonderful story, not something we should be ashamed of or embarrassed about.’
    • ‘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 still ashamed of how poorly I did on that particular challenge.’
    • ‘Look, voting is a privilege as well as a right and if you don't vote, you should be ashamed of yourself.’
    • ‘Continue being proud of who you are because you have nothing to be ashamed of, and everything to be proud of.’
    • ‘While I feel like it is not something to be ashamed of, I am diligently learning to live with this affliction.’
    • ‘From that, what I have learnt is never to be ashamed of saying you're sorry.’
    • ‘I know I had something else to be ashamed of, but I can't think of it right now.’
    • ‘I was ashamed of our behaviour, I don't think it was very dignified.’
    • ‘The good politician rolls his logs in public, and is not ashamed of his job.’
    • ‘I have shown people that it is ok, there is nothing to be ashamed of.’
    • ‘He said things he knew perfectly well he did not mean, and he was not at all ashamed of owning this strange character trait.’
    sorry, shamefaced, abashed, sheepish, guilty, conscience-stricken, guilt-ridden, contrite, remorseful, repentant, penitent, hangdog, regretful, rueful, apologetic
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    1. 1.1with 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.’
      • ‘Thomas shook his head, afraid and somewhat ashamed to say that he was in the same class as Anna.’
      • ‘Everyone whose eye I met turned away, as though afraid or ashamed to look at me.’
      • ‘People seem ashamed to voice their religious views for fear of being laughed at.’
      • ‘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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Origin

Old English āscamod, past participle of āscamian ‘feel shame’, from ā- (as an intensifier) + the verb shame.

Pronunciation

ashamed

/əˈʃeɪmd/