shame1 S2 [ʃeım] n
[: Old English; Origin: scamu]
1.) it's a shame/what a shame etc
spoken used when you wish a situation was different, and you feel sad or disappointed
'She's failed her test again.' 'What a shame!'
It's a shame that you have to leave so soon.
What a shame we missed the wedding.
it is a shame to do sth
It's a shame to cover this beautiful table with a tablecloth.
I can't imagine why they canceled your show, Tracy. That's such a shame .
a crying/great/terrible shame
It was a crying shame that they lost the game.
2.) [U]
the feeling you have when you feel guilty and embarrassed because you, or someone who is close to you, have done something wrong
He felt a deep sense of shame.
Maria blushed with shame.
To her shame (=it made her feel ashamed) , she gained back all the weight she'd lost.
He's brought shame on the whole family.
hang/bow your head in shame
(=look down, or feel like you should look down, because you feel so ashamed)
I bow my head in shame when I think of how I treated her.
There's no shame in (=it should not make you feel ashamed) saying 'I don't know'.
3.) [U]
the ability to feel shame
How could you do such a thing? Have you no shame ?
4.) shame on you/him/them etc
spoken used to say that someone should feel guilty or embarrassed because of something they have done
Shame on you, Fred. I thought you were my friend!
5.) put sb/sth to shame
to be so much better than someone or something else that it makes the other thing seem very bad or ordinary
His cooking puts mine to shame.
shame 2
shame2 v [T]
1.) to make someone feel ashamed
It shames me to say it, but I lied.
He felt shamed and humiliated by the treatment he had received.
2.) shame sb into doing sth
to force someone to do something by making them feel ashamed
His wife shamed him into handing the money back.
3.) to be so much better than someone else that you make them seem bad or feel embarrassed
Their training record shamed other companies.
4.) to make someone feel they have lost all honour and respect
She had shamed her family name (=done something that made her family lose honour) .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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