Definition of shameful in English:



  • Worthy of or causing shame or disgrace.

    ‘a shameful accusation’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meghan was shameful for even contemplating about breaking up with Shawn even if she saw him kissing Jess.’
    • ‘Now such a public display of journalistic hooliganism is shameful.’
    • ‘Personally, I feel cheated if an election campaign does not include a modicum of shameful brawling.’
    • ‘The grammar in that last sentence was really shameful, and it's going to look even worse typed out on a page.’
    • ‘This may be shameful, but it's genuinely impossible not to laugh.’
    • ‘He would never have had to commit this shameful act that was tearing and ripping away at his soul.’
    • ‘The family was dignified and respectful even of the late senator and his family as this shameful secret was becoming public.’
    • ‘The history of racism in accusations and punishments for rape is sordid and shameful.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘White says it's shameful that tuition fees are so high when the province has a $7 billion surplus.’
    • ‘Look up - the world's tallest, messiest, most shameful advertisement is no more.’
    • ‘To be weak and shameful is a disgrace severe enough to be punishable by death according to my standards.’
    • ‘Compare and contrast with the shameful rubbish that was the British 70s ‘sex film’.’
    • ‘What a shameful record for a country that boasts of 800 pictures a year, twice as many as Hollywood produces.’
    • ‘I thought it would be irresponsible and shameful not to publish it - and of course criticisms of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).