Definition of shameful in English:



  • Worthy of or causing shame or disgrace.

    ‘a shameful accusation’
    • ‘I thought it would be irresponsible and shameful not to publish it - and of course criticisms of it.’
    • ‘The family was dignified and respectful even of the late senator and his family as this shameful secret was becoming public.’
    • ‘This may be shameful, but it's genuinely impossible not to laugh.’
    • ‘Personally, I feel cheated if an election campaign does not include a modicum of shameful brawling.’
    • ‘Contemporary culture, too, showed its shameful face, as foul language and potato crisps in theatres.’
    • ‘To be weak and shameful is a disgrace severe enough to be punishable by death according to my standards.’
    • ‘The grammar in that last sentence was really shameful, and it's going to look even worse typed out on a page.’
    • ‘It's shameful for me and for my family and for my beloved company, and for all of its employees and partners.’
    • ‘The history of racism in accusations and punishments for rape is sordid and shameful.’
    • ‘He would never have had to commit this shameful act that was tearing and ripping away at his soul.’
    • ‘They don't want the great ‘eyes of the world’ to fall upon us and find anything too freaky or shameful.’
    • ‘For me it was a disappointing and somewhat shameful day.’
    • ‘Yes, I think there comes a point where putting a brave face on things becomes a shameful charade.’
    • ‘White says it's shameful that tuition fees are so high when the province has a $7 billion surplus.’
    • ‘Susan felt bad that she had hurt Jason but she quickly held back shameful tears so she could speak.’
    • ‘Meghan was shameful for even contemplating about breaking up with Shawn even if she saw him kissing Jess.’
    • ‘What a shameful record for a country that boasts of 800 pictures a year, twice as many as Hollywood produces.’
    • ‘Look up - the world's tallest, messiest, most shameful advertisement is no more.’
    • ‘Now such a public display of journalistic hooliganism is shameful.’
    • ‘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).