Definition of ashamed in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈʃeɪmd/


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.
sorry, shamefaced, abashed, sheepish, guilty, conscience-stricken, guilt-ridden, contrite, remorseful, repentant, penitent, hangdog, regretful, rueful, apologetic;
embarrassed, mortified, red-faced, chagrined, humiliated, uncomfortable, discomfited, distressed;
in sackcloth and ashes
informal with one's tail between one's legs
rare compunctious
(be ashamed of) blush to think of
1.1 [with infinitive] 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
More example sentences
  • 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.
reluctant, loath, unwilling, disinclined, hesitant, indisposed, slow, afraid;



Pronunciation: /əˈʃeɪmɪdli/
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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