shame ( shames 3rd person present) ( shaming present participle) ( shamed past tense & past participle )
1 n-uncount Shame is an uncomfortable feeling that you get when you have done something wrong or embarrassing, or when someone close to you has.
She felt a deep sense of shame..., I was, to my shame, a coward.
2 n-uncount If someone brings shameon you, they make other people lose their respect for you.
I don't want to bring shame on the family name...
3 verb If something shames you, it causes you to feel shame.
Her son's affair had humiliated and shamed her. V n
4 verb If you shame someone into doing something, you force them to do it by making them feel ashamed not to.
He would not let neighbours shame him into silence... V n into/out of n/-ing
5 n-sing If you say that something is ashame, you are expressing your regret about it and indicating that you wish it had happened differently.
a N, oft it v-link N that (feelings)
It's a crying shame that police have to put up with these mindless attacks...
6 convention You can use shame in expressions such as shame on you and shame on him to indicate that someone ought to feel shame for something they have said or done., (feelings)
He tried to deny it. Shame on him!
7 If someone puts you to shame, they make you feel ashamed because they do something much better than you do.
put sb to shame phrase V inflects
His playing really put me to shame.
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