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Synonyms for shame
ʃeɪmshame

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English Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 2 votes

  1. shame

    Any sense of inferiority abashes, with or without the sense of wrong. The poor are abashed at the splendor of wealth, the ignorant at the learning of the wise. "I might have been abashed by their authority." Gladstone Homeric Synchron., p. 72. [Harper & Bros. '76.] To confuse is to bring into a state of mental bewilderment; to confound is to overwhelm the mental faculties; to daunt is to subject to a certain degree of fear. Embarrass is a strong word, signifying primarily hamper, hinder, impede. A solitary thinker may be confused by some difficulty in a subject, or some mental defect; one is embarrassed in the presence of others, and because of their presence. Confusion is of the intellect, embarrassment of the feelings. A witness may be embarrassed by annoying personalities, so as to become confused in statements. To mortify a person is to bring upon him a painful sense of humiliation, whether because of his own or another's fault or failure. A pupil is confused by a perplexing question, a general confounded by overwhelming defeat. A hostess is discomposed by the tardiness of guests, a speaker disconcerted by a failure of memory. The criminal who is not abashed at detection may be daunted by the officer's weapon. Sudden joy may bewilder, but will not abash. The true worshiper is humbled rather than abashed before God. The parent is mortified by the child's rudeness, the child abashed at the parent's reproof. The embarrassed speaker finds it difficult to proceed. The mob is overawed by the military, the hypocrite shamed by exposure. "A man whom no denial, no scorn could abash." Fielding Amelia bk. iii, ch. 9, p. 300. [Bell & Sons '71.] Compare CHAGRIN; HINDER.

    Synonyms:
    abash, bewilder, chagrin, confound, confuse, daunt, discompose, disconcert, dishearten, embarrass, humble, humiliate, mortify, overawe

    Antonyms:
    animate, buoy, cheer, embolden, encourage, inspirit, rally, uphold

Princeton's WordNet4.5 / 2 votes

  1. shamenoun

    a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt

    Synonyms:
    ignominy, disgrace, pity

  2. shame, disgrace, ignominynoun

    a state of dishonor

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

    Synonyms:
    ignominy, disgrace, pity

  3. pity, shameverb

    an unfortunate development

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

    Synonyms:
    disgrace, ignominy, ruth, commiseration, pathos, pity, compassion

  4. dishonor, disgrace, dishonour, attaint, shameverb

    bring shame or dishonor upon

    "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

    Synonyms:
    violate, put down, discredit, dishonor, demean, ravish, attaint, take down, outrage, assault, rape, dishonour, disgrace, degrade

  5. shameverb

    compel through a sense of shame

    "She shamed him into making amends"

    Synonyms:
    dishonor, attaint, dishonour, disgrace

  6. shameverb

    cause to be ashamed

    Synonyms:
    dishonor, attaint, dishonour, disgrace

  7. shameverb

    surpass or beat by a wide margin

    Synonyms:
    dishonor, attaint, dishonour, disgrace

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How to use shame in a sentence?

  1. Chris Evans:

    No shame in a drunk DM [ face-blowing-a-kiss emoji ] god knows I've done worse on this app lol [ facepalm emoji ].

  2. Christopher Rants:

    We are making sure that the truth gets out, that the actual record is in context, if we don't get the story out, shame on us. But if we do our job, then I think people will understand that she was brought in to be a change agent; that it was a rocky time for the economy and the tech industry as a whole; and that the company grew -- and because of what she did, they're actually in decent shape.

  3. Lucy Watmough:

    It's so suffocating and overwhelming, and you want to get through it the best way you can, but the culture of fear is just paralyzing, and it's that shame and stigma that's just so ingrained in Irish society.

  4. Dave Belisle:

    Shame on the people involved in something like that.

  5. Jessica Biel:

    We’re using technical terms… we shower together, and [we say], ‘This is what I’ve got. This is what you’ve got.’ We just talk about it. I know it’s really young, but I really believe that if you start this early, there’s no shame, i don’t want to tell him, ‘Keep your private parts,’ and this and that.


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