Definition of shameful in English:



  • Worthy of or causing shame or disgrace.

    ‘a shameful accusation’
    • ‘To be weak and shameful is a disgrace severe enough to be punishable by death according to my standards.’
    • ‘The family was dignified and respectful even of the late senator and his family as this shameful secret was becoming public.’
    • ‘I thought it would be irresponsible and shameful not to publish it - and of course criticisms of it.’
    • ‘For me it was a disappointing and somewhat shameful day.’
    • ‘Contemporary culture, too, showed its shameful face, as foul language and potato crisps in theatres.’
    • ‘It's shameful for me and for my family and for my beloved company, and for all of its employees and partners.’
    • ‘He would never have had to commit this shameful act that was tearing and ripping away at his soul.’
    • ‘Look up - the world's tallest, messiest, most shameful advertisement is no more.’
    • ‘This may be shameful, but it's genuinely impossible not to laugh.’
    • ‘Now such a public display of journalistic hooliganism is shameful.’
    • ‘Meghan was shameful for even contemplating about breaking up with Shawn even if she saw him kissing Jess.’
    • ‘Yes, I think there comes a point where putting a brave face on things becomes a shameful charade.’
    • ‘Susan felt bad that she had hurt Jason but she quickly held back shameful tears so she could speak.’
    • ‘Personally, I feel cheated if an election campaign does not include a modicum of shameful brawling.’
    • ‘They don't want the great ‘eyes of the world’ to fall upon us and find anything too freaky or shameful.’
    • ‘The history of racism in accusations and punishments for rape is sordid and shameful.’
    • ‘What a shameful record for a country that boasts of 800 pictures a year, twice as many as Hollywood produces.’
    • ‘White says it's shameful that tuition fees are so high when the province has a $7 billion surplus.’
    • ‘The grammar in that last sentence was really shameful, and it's going to look even worse typed out on a page.’
    • ‘Compare and contrast with the shameful rubbish that was the British 70s ‘sex film’.’
    disgraceful, deplorable, despicable, contemptible, dishonourable, discreditable, reprehensible, base, mean, low, blameworthy, unworthy, ignoble, shabby, inglorious, infamous, unprincipled, shocking, scandalous, outrageous, abominable, atrocious, appalling, disgusting, vile, odious, monstrous, heinous, unspeakable, loathsome, sordid, bad, wicked, immoral, nefarious, indefensible, inexcusable, unforgivable
    embarrassing, mortifying, shaming, humiliating, degrading, ignominious
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Old English sc(e)amful ‘modest, shamefaced’ (see shame, -ful).