1. [ noun ] a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt
Related terms: feeling embarrassment conscience self-disgust
2. [ noun ] a state of dishonor
Synonyms: disgrace ignominy

"one mistake brought shame to all his family" "suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison"

Related terms: dishonor humiliation reproach odium obloquy dishonor discredit
3. [ noun ] an unfortunate development
Synonyms: pity

"it's a pity he couldn't do it"

Related terms: misfortune
4. [ verb ] bring shame or dishonor upon
Synonyms: disgrace dishonor dishonour attaint

"he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

Related terms: honor foul dishonor dishonor
5. [ interjection ] interjection, to express disapproval
6. [ verb ] cause to be ashamed
Related terms: arouse discountenance
7. [ verb ] compel through a sense of shame

"She shamed him into making amends"

Related terms: compel
8. [ verb ] surpass or beat by a wide margin
Related terms: surpass
Similar spelling:   sham