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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
hung...head in shame
▪ Daphne had hung her head in shame.
name and shameBritish English (= say publicly who is responsible for something illegal that has happened, or who has not achieved a particular standard)
▪ Dot had heard Mrs Parvis say that it was a crying shame, a young fit man like that.
▪ In the context of the world today, it seems a crying shame.
▪ It's a crying shame to cover up your body.
▪ It was a crying shame to see those grounds neglected.
▪ Her first thoughts were that it was a great shame to turn such a wonderful building into a restaurant and hotel.
▪ It would be a great shame if young people such as Hu were discouraged from seeking careers in public service.
▪ It would be a great shame if the charity folded, after all the efforts of so many kind-hearted people.
▪ That was a great shame, because it left us blind to a prize within our reach.
▪ It is a great shame that the social chapter has been excised from the treaty.
▪ I am overwhelmed by this yet greater shame.
▪ This is a great shame because scientists are notoriously bad at communicating the importance of what they study to non-scientists.
▪ For John Langford, it would have been the greatest shame imaginable.
▪ A real shame, as the slickly presented management section offers plenty of options.
▪ He signed a petition you know against Mitterrand and Vichy. Real shame our movie never got past first base.
▪ What a terrible shame if their relationship doesn't survive this rocky patch.
▪ I bow my head in shame when I think of the countries we've looted and the people we've subjugated.
▪ The principal merely bowed his head in shame.
▪ Having a baby would mean leaving university and bringing shame on my family.
▪ This act brings shame to all our lives.
▪ Mitigating, Howe's solicitor said he had suffered domestic problems and the incident had brought shame on his family.
▪ All he had done was scream abuse at her, accusing her of bringing shame and disgrace on the family.
▪ Unlike its plainer cousin, it will not bring shame to the wearer by wilting or drooping on the crucial day.
▪ Their lawyer said they'd brought shame on the whole hunting world.
▪ The girl Agnes left her home in secret, so that her pregnancy would not bring shame on her family.
▪ She flung herself into her room and began to pack frantically, wanting to cry with rage and shame.
▪ She would have thought a woman would have died of shame.
▪ She had thought that she was going to die of shame.
▪ How could she remain here, see him again, and not die of shame at the memory?
▪ If Amanda Pennington ever heard about this he would die of shame.
▪ He ought by rights to have died of shame at 30, or of drink at 50.
▪ The ones who created this crisis should feel shame.
▪ As his panic begins to subside, he is left with a feeling of shame.
▪ Suddenly she felt quite overcome with shame to think that Kirsty's illness might be all her fault.
▪ It appeared she was talking him blue in the face, but Glover had felt a kind of shame about everything.
▪ I feel neither shame or embarrassment at my feelings, not do I think they should be ignored.
▪ I feel a lot of shame.
▪ She did not feel shame, or any sense of partaking in the very view of life that was nearly extinguishing him.
▪ I feel no sense of shame.
▪ He was in the House at the time, so he should hang his head in shame.
▪ Father Time wouldn't have been alone in hanging his head in shame.
die of embarrassment/shame
it's a crying shame
▪ It would be a crying shame if high ticket prices kept people away from baseball games.
▪ It's a crying shame to cover up your body.
nice ... shame about the ...
Nice lips, shame about the teeth.
Nice smile, shame about the lies, the splits and the job losses.
▪ "Please don't tell my dad about this," he said, blushing with shame.
▪ As he left the house, Mungo felt a pang of shame at telling Alice a lie.
▪ Following the scandal, Garrison resigned in shame.
▪ She never overcame the shame of having abandoned her children.
▪ She remembered her angry words with a deep sense of shame.
▪ Some girls feel that refusing their parents' choice of husband will bring shame on their family.
▪ The next day I remembered how drunk I'd been , and almost died of shame.
▪ Too many women are taught to feel guilt or shame about sex.
▪ Voting through cuts in benefits to the poorest people is a matter of shame for all of us.
▪ But the threat was also psychological: what fired their hatred, in some cases, was their sense of shame.
▪ He was in the House at the time, so he should hang his head in shame.
▪ It's a shame we can't vote for it.
▪ It's a shame, son.
▪ Most of all, there is caustic shame for my own stupidity.
▪ That is why few people never swear, and it would be a shame if more were to join them.
▪ What a shame Gerry Britton collected the only booking for celebrating Jamieson's goal over-zealously.
▪ If a man is tried and found guilty of rape, then he deserves to be named and shamed.
▪ By all means name and shame the convicted.
▪ In this way, the naming and shaming crisis is a continuation of the Tony Martin story.
it's a crying shame
▪ It would be a crying shame if high ticket prices kept people away from baseball games.
▪ It's a crying shame to cover up your body.
nice ... shame about the ...
Nice lips, shame about the teeth.
Nice smile, shame about the lies, the splits and the job losses.
▪ It shamed him to have to ask Jan for help.
▪ Because of this, the dogwood felt shamed deeply grieved that it should have been put to such a cruel purpose.
▪ Erlich remembered his face from the network news, bleak and uncompromising and shamed, when the announcement was made.
▪ I followed them in, shamed by the fearlessness of people half my height.
▪ It shamed him and made him shrink inside his overcoat.
▪ This time she had to fight back or be utterly shamed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Shame \Shame\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shamed; p. pr. & vb. n. Shaming.]

  1. To make ashamed; to excite in (a person) a comsciousness of guilt or impropriety, or of conduct derogatory to reputation; to put to shame.

    Were there but one righteous in the world, he would . . . shame the world, and not the world him.

  2. To cover with reproach or ignominy; to dishonor; to disgrace.

    And with foul cowardice his carcass shame.

  3. To mock at; to deride. [Obs. or R.]

    Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor.
    --Ps. xiv. 6.


Shame \Shame\, n. [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. sk["o]mm, shkamm, Sw. & Dan. skam, D. & G. schande, Goth. skanda shame, skaman sik to be ashamed; perhaps from a root skam meaning to cover, and akin to the root (kam) of G. hemd shirt, E. chemise. Cf. Sham.]

  1. A painful sensation excited by a consciousness of guilt or impropriety, or of having done something which injures reputation, or of the exposure of that which nature or modesty prompts us to conceal.

    HIde, for shame, Romans, your grandsires' images, That blush at their degenerate progeny.

    Have you no modesty, no maiden shame?

  2. Reproach incurred or suffered; dishonor; ignominy; derision; contempt.

    Ye have borne the shame of the heathen.
    --Ezek. xxxvi. 6.

    Honor and shame from no condition rise.

    And every woe a tear can claim Except an erring sister's shame.

  3. The cause or reason of shame; that which brings reproach, and degrades a person in the estimation of others; disgrace.

    O C?sar, what a wounding shame is this!

    Guides who are the shame of religion.

  4. The parts which modesty requires to be covered; the private parts.
    --Isa. xlvii. 3.

    For shame! you should be ashamed; shame on you!

    To put to shame, to cause to feel shame; to humiliate; to disgrace. ``Let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.''
    --Ps. xl. 14.


Shame \Shame\, v. i. [AS. scamian, sceamian. See Shame, n.] To be ashamed; to feel shame. [R.]

I do shame To think of what a noble strain you are.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English scamu, sceomu "feeling of guilt or disgrace; confusion caused by shame; disgrace, dishonor, insult, loss of esteem or reputation; shameful circumstance, what brings disgrace; modesty; private parts," from Proto-Germanic *skamo (cognates: Old Saxon skama, Old Norse skömm, Swedish skam, Old Frisian scome, Dutch schaamte, Old High German scama, German Scham). The best guess is that this is from PIE *skem-, from *kem- "to cover" (covering oneself being a common expression of shame).\n

\nUntil modern times English had a productive duplicate form in shand. An Old Norse word for it was kinnroði, literally "cheek-redness," hence, "blush of shame." Greek distinguished shame in the bad sense of "disgrace, dishonor" (aiskhyne) from shame in the good sense of "modesty, bashfulness" (aidos). To put (someone or something) to shame is mid-13c. Shame culture attested by 1947.


Old English scamian "be ashamed, blush, feel shame; cause shame," from the root of shame (n.). Compare Old Saxon scamian, Dutch schamen, Old High German scamen, Danish skamme, Gothic skaman, German schämen sich. Related: Shamed; shaming.


Etymology 1 interj. 1 A cry of admonition for the subject of a speech, often used reduplicated, especially in political debates. 2 (context South Africa English) Expressing sympathy. n. uncomfortable or painful feeling due to recognition or consciousness of impropriety, dishonor(,) or other wrong in the opinion of the person experiencing the feeling. It is caused by awareness of exposure of circumstances of unworthy or of improper or indecent conduct. Etymology 2

vb. (label en obsolete intransitive) To feel shame, be ashamed.

  1. n. a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt

  2. a state of dishonor; "one mistake brought shame to all his family"; "suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison" [syn: disgrace, ignominy]

  3. an unfortunate development; "it's a pity he couldn't do it" [syn: pity]

  1. v. bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime" [syn: dishonor, disgrace, dishonour, attaint] [ant: honor]

  2. compel through a sense of shame; "She shamed him into making amends"

  3. cause to be ashamed

  4. surpass or beat by a wide margin

Shame (1968 film)

Shame is a 1968 Swedish black-and-white film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, and starring Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow. The film explores shame, stress, jealousy, self-loathing and anxiety through a politically unaware couple attempting to flee a war-ravaged European nation. Parts of Shame would be addressed in characters' dreams in Bergman's later film The Passion of Anna.

Shame (disambiguation)

Shame is a psychological condition. It may also refer to:

Shame (Alvtegen novel)

Shame is a novel by the Swedish crime-writer Karin Alvtegen, originally published as Skam in Sweden in 2005. It was translated into English by Steven T. Murray in 2006 and was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie International Dagger award for crime novels in translation .

Shame (Brad album)

Shame is the debut studio album by the American rock band Brad. It was released on April 27, 1993 through Epic Records.

Shame (1988 film)

Shame is a 1988 Australian Film directed by Steve Jodrell and starring Deborra-Lee Furness as 'Asta', for which she won both the 1988 FCCA 'Best Actor' and Golden Space Needle 'Best Actress' awards; as well as the FCCA awarding 'Best Screenplay' to both Beverley Blankenship and Michael Brindley.

Shame (Rushdie novel)

Shame is Salman Rushdie's third novel, published in 1983. Like most of Rushdie's work, this book was written in the style of magic realism. It portrays the lives of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (Iskander Harappa) and General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (General Raza Hyder) and their relationship. The central theme of the novel is that violence is born out of shame. The concepts of 'shame' and 'shamelessness' are explored through all of the characters, with main focus on Sufiya Zinobia and Omar Khayyám.

Shame discusses heritage, authenticity, truth, and, of course, shame and shamelessness, as well as the impact of all these themes on an individual, the protagonist Omar Khayyám.

Rushdie wrote Shame after his second novel Midnight's Children.


Shame is a painful, social emotion that can be seen as resulting "...from comparison of the self's action with the self's standards...". but which may equally stem from comparison of the self's state of being with the ideal social context's standard. Thus, shame may stem from volitional action or simply self-regard; no action by the shamed being is required: simply existing is enough. Both the comparison and standards are enabled by socialization. Though usually considered an emotion, shame may also variously be considered an affect, cognition, state, or condition.

The roots of the word shame are thought to derive from an older word meaning "to cover"; as such, covering oneself, literally or figuratively, is a natural expression of shame. Nineteenth-century scientist Charles Darwin, in his book The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, described shame affect as consisting of blushing, confusion of mind, downward cast eyes, slack posture, and lowered head, and he noted observations of shame affect in human populations worldwide. He also noted the sense of warmth or heat (associated with the vasodilation of the face and skin) occurring in intense shame.

A "sense of shame" is the consciousness or awareness of shame as a state or condition. Such shame cognition may occur as a result of the experience of shame affect or, more generally, in any situation of embarrassment, dishonor, disgrace, inadequacy, humiliation, or chagrin.

A condition or state of shame may also be assigned externally, by others, regardless of one's own experience or awareness. "To shame" generally means to actively assign or communicate a state of shame to another. Behaviors designed to "uncover" or "expose" others are sometimes used for this purpose, as are utterances like "Shame!" or "Shame on you!" Finally, to "have shame" means to maintain a sense of restraint against offending others (as with modesty, humility, and deference) while to "have no shame" is to behave without such restraint (as with excessive pride or hubris).

Shame (Eurythmics song)

"Shame" is a song recorded by British pop music duo Eurythmics. It was written by band members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and produced by Stewart. The song appears on the duo's seventh album Savage and was released as the second single in the UK. "Shame" was not released in the United States.

The track is a synthpop ballad in which the protagonist expresses regret and disdain for excessive and shallow lifestyles led by those who frequent nightclubs, bars, parties and the like. The lyrics namecheck The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and mentions the song " All You Need is Love".

"Shame" stalled at number forty-one in the UK singles chart, the first Eurythmics single to miss the UK Top 40 since " Julia" in 1985.

Shame (Monrose song)

"Shame" is a pop song performed by German pop trio Monrose. It was written by Christian Ballard, Tim Hawes, Pete Kirtley and Andrew Murray and co-produced by production teams Jiant and Snowflakers for the band's debut studio album, Temptation (2006).

The song was released as the band's debut single on December 1, 2006 (see 2006 in music) in German-speaking Europe following the trio's formation on the television talent show Popstars two weeks prior. It peaked at number one in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, where it became one of the best-selling singles of the year, resulting in a sales total of 200,000 copies Europe-wide, and the most-downloaded track since the introduction of the legal digital download charts in Germany in 2004. "Shame" also reached the top ten on the official airplay charts in the Czech Republic and Slovenia, and on a composite European Hot 100 Singles chart respectively.

Shame (Trash Talk album)

Shame is a 2009 compilation album of various earlier albums, EPs, and singles by the Sacramento hardcore punk band Trash Talk released specifically for release in United Kingdom. It collates onto two discs their 2006 debut full-length Walking Disease, their 2007 Plagues EP, their eponymous 2008 sophomore full-length, and their 2009 East of Eden single, featuring Keith Morris of The Circle Jerks and formerly Black Flag.

Shame (Drowning Pool song)

Shame is the last single from the Drowning Pool album Full Circle. The single and the music video were released early 2009. It hit #26 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks. Shame was released as a single when they were working on their self-titled album. The single is featured on the Saw IV soundtrack.

Shame (Gigolo Aunts song)

"Shame" is a song written and performed by Gigolo Aunts. It was first released in October 1993 by Fire Records as the A-side to a 7" bonus single (to the UK release of the album, Flippin' Out), backed with "Weird Sister" Both "Shame" and "Weird Sister subsequently appeared on the 1997 compilation album, Where I Find My Heaven.

Shame (Evelyn "Champagne" King song)

"Shame" is a 1978 hit single recorded by American singer Evelyn "Champagne" King. It reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, number eight on the U.S. Disco Chart, and number seven on the U.S. R&B Chart, earning a Gold certification by the RIAA that same year. In the UK Singles Chart, "Shame" spent twenty three weeks in the chart but only one week in the top 40, peaking at number 39.

The song is featured in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the in-game radio station Fever 105.

On September 20, 2004, King's "Shame" became one of the first records to be inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in New York's Spirit club.

Shame (OMD song)

"Shame" is a song by British band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released as the third single taken from their 1986 album, The Pacific Age, although it is actually a rerecording made after the album's release, presumably in early 1987, and was produced by Rhett Davies (as opposed to the original album version which was produced by Stephen Hague).

"Shame" was scheduled for release as a single whilst OMD were still on tour. The band had suggested "Stay" as a possible single from the album, but label Virgin thought "Shame" had more potential. The band relented, although feeling the album version was too slow, and recruited Rhett Davies to give the song more of a polish.

This single marked OMD's first CD single release. It was issued in a gatefold sleeve featuring a sepia-toned photo of the band on the gatefold along with track details. This release also included their 1980 hit Messages, released here in digital format for the first time.

The B side Goddess of Love was lifted straight from the album The Pacific Age and was the song which was originally intended to be used for the Pretty in Pink movie soundtrack before the group came up with If You Leave, which was featured in the movie.

The single reached no. 52 in the UK. It has never been included on any of OMD's singles compilation albums, making it unique to this release. The 7" re-recorded version has never had a digital release.

Shame (Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow song)

"Shame" is a song written and recorded by English singers Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow for Williams's second greatest hits compilation album, In and Out of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990–2010 (2010). Produced by Trevor Horn, it was released as the lead single from the album on 27 August 2010 in most countries worldwide and on 1 October in the United Kingdom. "Shame" marks the first time Williams and Barlow collaborated on a song together solely and the first time they worked together since Williams left Take That in 1995. It is a pop song with country and electro music influences; two reviewers noted that it contains an acoustic guitar part similar to the one of The Beatles' 1968 song, " Blackbird". The lyrical content of the single revolves around singers's broken relationship and fixing things up.

"Shame" received generally favourable reviews from music critics who praised the song's sound and the melodic and lyrical skills of the performers. It reached the top-ten in seven countries worldwide including Hungary, Netherlands, Italy and Denmark. In the singers's native United Kingdom, it peaked at number two on the singles chart and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), denoting shipments of over 200,000 copies in the country alone. The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Vaughan Arnell in Los Angeles and premiered on 26 August 2010. It features Williams and Barlow dancing and singing the song in a bar and fishing on a pond. Multiple critics linked the storyline and the pair's chemistry in the video to the 2005 film, Brokeback Mountain. To further promote "Shame", the pair performed it on multiple occasions including on the Help for Heroes concert and Strictly Come Dancing.

Shame (2011 film)

Shame is a 2011 British-American drama film directed and co-written by Steve McQueen, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan as grown siblings. It was co-produced by Film4 and See-Saw Films. The film's explicit scenes reflecting both siblings' sexual addiction resulted in a rating of NC-17 in the United States. Shame was released in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2012.

Shame (1921 film)

Shame is a 1921 American film directed by Emmett J. Flynn. The black and white silent film was distributed and produced by Fox Film Corporation. It is considered a drama and has a runtime of 90 mins. It is presumed to be a lost film.

Shame (Keith Urban song)

"Shame" is a song co-written and co-produced by Stargate and Benny Blanco amongst others, and recorded by Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released in August 2013 to Australia and New Zealand only as the second single off his eighth studio album, Fuse (2013), and became a top-40 hit in both territories.

Shame (Stabbing Westward song)

"Shame" is a song by American industrial rock band Stabbing Westward. The song was released as the second and final single from the band's second studio album, Wither Blister Burn & Peel.

Shame (Tyrese song)

"Shame" is a song by American singer Tyrese. It features background vocals from fellow American singer Jennifer Hudson. It was released on April 28, 2015 as the second single off his sixth studio album Black Rose, on the record label Voltron Recordz. The song contains an interpolation of Atlantic Starr's 1980 hit "Send For Me".

Shame (EP)

Shame is the second EP by hip hop duo MadGibbs, which consists of Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and California hip hop musician Madlib. Preceded by their 2011 EP, Thuggin', it was released on July 10, 2012 through Madlib Invazion in both digital and 12-inch vinyl formats. The 8-track EP includes two vocal tracks, "Shame" featuring singer BJ the Chicago Kid and "Terrorist", as well as instrumentals, a cappellas and two bonus beats by Madlib.

On August 8, 2012, the EP's music video, presented by Madlib Invasion and DD172 Films, was published online. The Jonah Schwartz-directed visual starts off with a portion of "Later That Night", then transitions to "Terrorist", then changes to the second bonus beat, "The Morning After", which finally leads to the title track. The clip is the sequel to "Thuggin'".

Usage examples of "shame".

Follow my advice, and if the detestable widow does not take care she will be the only person put to shame.

Saviour, condemn, lay guilt upon, and also add continual affliction and shame upon my soul.

Our adversaries do not deny that even here there is a system of law and penalty: and surely we cannot in justice blame a dominion which awards to every one his due, where virtue has its honour, and vice comes to its fitting shame, in which there are not merely representations of the gods, but the gods themselves, watchers from above, and--as we read--easily rebutting human reproaches, since they lead all things in order from a beginning to an end, allotting to each human being, as life follows life, a fortune shaped to all that has preceded--the destiny which, to those that do not penetrate it, becomes the matter of boorish insolence upon things divine.

A new method of secret ballot abolished the influence of fear and shame, of honor and interest, and the abuse of freedom accelerated the progress of anarchy and despotism.

The magnanimity of Julian was applauded and betrayed, by the arts of a noble Persian, who, in the cause of his country, had generously submitted to act a part full of danger, of falsehood, and of shame.

In the meane season Thrasillus not able to refraine any longer, before Charites had asswaged her dolor, before her troubled mind had pacified her fury, even in the middle of all her griefes, while she tare her haire and rent her garments, demanded her in marriage, and so without shame, he detected the secrets and unspeakeable deceipts of his heart.

Tears streamed unchecked down her face, attesting to her shame and distress.

Her porcelain-fair features flushed to rage when discussion touched upon Arithon, or else chilled to an ice-sculpture mask of balked hatred as she choked on the rags of her shame.

The basto had located us and was advancing, uttering a sound that would have put to shame the best efforts of a full-grown lion.

I was afraid the emperor would notice, because at that moment fear and shame were battling within me.

I shall beguile Shagpat by its means, and master the Event, and shame the King of Oolb and his Court?

The Clinic had prepared me for it, benumbing my sense of shame, and besides, I was desperate for money.

For the first time he perceived all the infamous manner of his death: the shameless populace crowding round the scaffold, the hateful hand of the executioner taking him by the Hair, and the drops of his blood besprinkling the white raiment of his sister and covering her with shame.

To prove his point, he snatched up one of the two dozen comic books bestrewing the counterpane and held it so that his mother might see its garish cover and know herself to be caught and shamed in a lie.

A shame it could not be Blad, since he was already hers, body and soul, but she could hardly trust a male who knew too much, which Blad certainly did.