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Synonyms for shame

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shame(noun)

    a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt

    ignominy, disgrace, pity

  2. shame, disgrace, ignominy(noun)

    a state of dishonor

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

    ignominy, disgrace, pity

  3. pity, shame(verb)

    an unfortunate development

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

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

  4. dishonor, disgrace, dishonour, attaint, shame(verb)

    bring shame or dishonor upon

    "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"

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

  5. shame(verb)

    compel through a sense of shame

    "She shamed him into making amends"

    dishonor, attaint, dishonour, disgrace

  6. shame(verb)

    cause to be ashamed

    dishonor, attaint, dishonour, disgrace

  7. shame(verb)

    surpass or beat by a wide margin

    dishonor, attaint, dishonour, disgrace

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shame(n)

    abashment, humiliation, modesty, shamefacedness, decency, decorum, reproach, dishonor, ignominy, contempt, degradation, discredit, dispraise

    shamelessness, barefacedness, immodesty, impudence, indecency, indecorum, impropriety, honor, glory, exaltation, renown, credit

  2. shame(r)

    abash, humiliate, fill with shame, disgrace

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shame(n.)

    abashment, mortification, confusion

  2. shame(n.)

    disgrace, dishonor, opprobrium, reproach, ignominy, infamy, obloquy, odium, scandal, degradation

  3. shame(v. a.)

    abash, mortify, confuse, confound, disconcert, discompose, humiliate, humble, put to shame, make ashamed, put down

  4. shame(v. a.)

    disgrace, dishonor, degrade, debase, discredit, sully, taint, stain, tarnish

  5. shame(v. a.)

    deride, jeer, ridicule, mock at, sneer at, point at

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shame(n)

    ignominy, dishonor, reproach, derision, contempt discredit, opprobrium, scandal, disgrace, obloquy, mortification, abashment, humiliation, discomfiture, modesty, decency

  2. shame(v)

    humiliate, mortify, disconcert, disgrace, degrade, mock, deride, ridicule

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How to use shame in a sentence?

  1. Jill Kargman:

    I would yell' Shame !' at her, like to Cersei Lannister in' Game of Thrones,' just yell,' shame, shame, shame,' at her, in that same rhythmic pattern.

  2. Rolling Stone:

    We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.

  3. Joe Borelli:

    You have to be a real piece of crap to try to ruin Christmas for children and families coming out of Mass, for shame!

  4. Debbie Ramsey:

    It would be a shame if the Democrats win this election because of all the disputing and name-calling and the way they tend to act during debates.

  5. Confucius:

    To be fond of learning is to be near to knowledge. To practice with vigor is to be near to magnanimity. To possess the feeling of shame is to be near to energy. He who knows these three things, knows how to cultivate his own character.

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