Definition of ashamed in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈSHāmd/


1Embarrassed or guilty because of one’s actions, characteristics, or associations: you should be ashamed of yourself his clothes and manners made me ashamed of him [with clause]: she felt ashamed that she had hit him
More example sentences
  • I felt so ashamed and so guilty, and I almost just wanted to die because of what I had done to my kids.
  • So the children feel guilty and ashamed and, as it's their fault, they don't tell anyone.
  • On one side, he felt guilty and ashamed, and on the other he just felt angry that it hadn't worked.
1.1 (ashamed to do something) Reluctant to do something through fear of embarrassment or humiliation: I’m ashamed to say I followed him home I am not ashamed to be seen with them
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  • There are too many Christians, who are afraid and ashamed to tell others about His love, grace and mercy.
  • People seem ashamed to voice their religious views for fear of being laughed at.
  • Everyone whose eye I met turned away, as though afraid or ashamed to look at me.



Pronunciation: /əˈSHāmədlē/
Example sentences
  • However, my attention was diverted from the pages of the book as I found myself ashamedly eavesdropping on people who were unaware that the walls had ears listening to their passive conversation.
  • ‘Wow, this kinda feels like a refugee camp,’ I thought to myself, ashamedly.
  • Slinking a little ashamedly up to the receptionist's desk, I informed her that I was working here for the day.


Old English āscamod, past participle of āscamian 'feel shame', from ā- (as an intensifier) + the verb shame.

Words that rhyme with ashamed

self-proclaimed, unclaimed, unframed, unnamed, unreclaimed, untamed

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Syllabification: a·shamed

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