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Synonyms of shame in English:


  • 1 Lily walked in front of him, her face scarlet with shame
    [Antonyms] pride
  • 2 I felt a pang of shame at telling Alice a lie
    guilt, remorse, contrition, compunction
    [Antonyms] indifference
  • 3 the incident had brought shame on the family
    [Antonyms] honour, glory
  • 4 it's a shame she never married
    pity, misfortune, crying shame, cause for regret, source of regret, sad thing, unfortunate thing;
    informal bummer, crime, sin
  • 5 this situation is a shame to our country
    discredit to, disgrace to, stain on, blemish on, blot on, blot on the escutcheon of, slur on, reproach to, bad reflection on;
    stigma, scandal, outrage
    literary smirch on
    [Antonyms] credit
  • Phrases

    put someone/something to shame
    [Antonyms] not be a patch on
    outshine, outclass, overshadow, eclipse, surpass, excel, be superior to, outstrip, outdo, put in the shade, upstage, leave behind;
    show up, humble
    informal run rings around, be head and shoulders above, leave standing, knock into a cocked hat
    British informal knock spots off
    archaic outrival, outvie
    rare put to the blush


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  • 1 you have shamed your family's name
    disgrace, dishonour, discredit, bring into disrepute, degrade, debase, defame, stigmatize, taint, sully, tarnish, besmirch, stain, blacken, drag through the mud/mire, give a bad name to, put in a bad light
    [Antonyms] honour, do credit to, enhance the reputation of
  • 2 he had been shamed in public
    humiliate, mortify, make someone feel ashamed, chagrin, embarrass, abash, chasten, humble, put someone in their place, take down a peg or two, cut down to size, show up
    North American informal make someone eat crow
    US informal own
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    shame, ignominy, disgrace, dishonour
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