One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she was ashamed of the way she had behaved’
sorry, shamefaced, abashed, sheepish, guilty, conscience-stricken, guilt-ridden, contrite, remorseful, repentant, penitent, hangdog, regretful, rueful, apologetic
embarrassed, mortified, red-faced, chagrined, humiliated, uncomfortable, discomfited, distressed
in sackcloth and ashes
informal with one's tail between one's legs
blush to think of
2‘he was ashamed to admit it’
reluctant, loath, unwilling, disinclined, hesitant, indisposed, slow, afraid
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