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1‘Lily walked in front of him, her face scarlet with shame’
humiliation, mortification, chagrin, ignominy, loss of face, shamefacedness, embarrassment, indignity, abashment, discomfort, discomfiture, discomposure
2‘I felt a pang of shame at telling Alice a lie’
guilt, remorse, contrition, compunction
3‘the incident had brought shame on the family’
disgrace, dishonour, discredit, degradation, ignominy, disrepute, ill-repute, infamy, scandal, odium, opprobrium, obloquy, condemnation, contempt
rare disesteem, reprobation, derogation
4‘it's a shame she never married’
pity, misfortune, crying shame, cause for regret, source of regret, sad thing, unfortunate thing
bad luck, ill luck
informal bummer, crime, sin
5‘this situation is a shame to our country’
discredit to, disgrace to, stain on, blemish on, blot on, blot on the escutcheon of, slur on, reproach to, bad reflection on
stigma, scandal, outrage
literary smirch on
1‘you have shamed your family's name’
disgrace, dishonour, discredit, bring into disrepute, degrade, debase, defame, stigmatize, taint, sully, tarnish, besmirch, stain, blacken, drag through the mire, drag through the mud, give a bad name to, put in a bad light
honour, do credit to, enhance the reputation of
2‘he had been shamed in public’
humiliate, mortify, make someone feel ashamed, chagrin, embarrass, abash, chasten, humble, put someone in their place, take down a peg or two, cut down to size, show up
North American informal make someone eat crow
US informal own
outshine, outclass, overshadow, eclipse, surpass, excel, be superior to, outstrip, outdo, put in the shade, upstage, leave behind
show up, humble
run rings around, be head and shoulders above, leave standing, knock into a cocked hat
knock spots off
put to the blush
not be a patch on
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