1 embarrassment, humiliation, mortification, chagrin, ignominy, shamefacedness, loss of face, abashment:
Watts felt abysmal shame at being discovered stealing from petty cash.
2 disgrace, ignominy, dishonour, disrepute, degradation, opprobrium, vilification, calumniation, infamy, obloquy, odium, contempt, scandal, denigration, loss of face, defamation, discredit, disesteem, disfavour, derogation, disparagement:
To think that one knight's single act of cowardice in 1249 could have brought such shame to all his descendants
3 pity, calamity, disaster, catastrophe; outrage:
What a shame that Gerry failed the exam!
4 humility, modesty, (sense of) decency or decorum or propriety, respectability, decorousness, diffidence, shyness, coyness, prudishness, timidity, shamefacedness:
The people who wear bathing suits like that obviously have no shame at all
5 put to shame.
(a) surpass, eclipse, outclass, overshadow, cast into the shade, outdo, outstrip, outshine, show up:
Cochrane put his opponents to shame when they failed to score a single point against him.
(b) See 8, below.
6 embarrass, humiliate, mortify, humble, chagrin, disconcert, discountenance, put down, bring down, abash, chasten, Colloq bring (someone) down a peg, suppress, subdue:
He hated the teacher because she had shamed him in front of his friends
7 coerce, force, drive, bully, push; embarrass, humiliate, mortify, humble:
The other boys shamed him into admitting that he had done it.
8 disgrace, embarrass, dishonour, scandalize, calumniate, degrade, debase, defame, discredit, stigmatize; smear, blacken, stain, taint, besmirch, tarnish:
I am sure, son, that nothing you ever do would shame the family or me.
1 feeling that you have lost the respect of others
VERB + SHAME
be filled with, feel | bring, cause
His arrest for stealing brought shame on his family.
| die of
(figurative) I nearly died of shame!
She wept from the shame of having let everyone down.
| in ~
She shut her eyes in shame.
| to your ~
To my shame, I didn't tell Robert about the party.
| without ~
He had cried noisily and without shame at the news of Esther's death.
| with ~
She blushed with shame.
| ~ about/over
You feel absolutely no shame over what you did, do you?
| ~ at
She felt a flush of shame at what she'd done.
a cause for shame
Her pregnancy was no cause for shame.
| a feeling/sense of shame, bow/hang your head in shame
He was being held by two security guards, his head bowed in shame.
2 a shame: sth that makes you feel disappointed
crying, great, real, terrible, wicked
It's a terrible shame about Stuart losing his job, isn't it?
a bit of a shame, rather a shame, such a shame, what a shame
What a shame you can't come! verb
The people who did this deserve to be publicly shamed.
An outcry from customers has shamed the company into lowering its prices.
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