ashamed

a|shamed [ ə`ʃeımd ] adjective **
feeling guilty or embarrassed because you have done something wrong, or think that you have not reached a standard that people expect:
I regret the incident and am deeply ashamed and embarrassed.
ashamed of: He's extremely ashamed of his behavior last night.
ashamed (that): I felt ashamed that I hadn't visited with her more often.
ashamed of yourself: You ought to be ashamed of yourself, using that kind of language!
a. be ashamed to do something to fail to do something, or not want to do it, because it would make you feel guilty or embarrassed:
He was ashamed to tell his family what had happened.
b. I'm ashamed to say/admit used for admitting something that you think people might be surprised or disappointed about:
I'm ashamed to admit that I've never read any of her work.
c. nothing to be ashamed of used for telling someone that they should not feel ashamed:
Being poor is nothing to be ashamed of.
d. be ashamed of someone to feel disappointed and upset by someone's behavior:
I'm ashamed of you lying to your teacher!
e. be ashamed of someone to feel embarrassed because you are related to someone or connected with them:
I could tell they were ashamed of me.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • ashamed — ashamed, mortified, chagrined mean acutely or manifestly conscious of embarrassment and humiliation. One is ashamed whose embarrassment and humiliation are mixed sometimes with a sense of guilt and always with the awareness of being discredited… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Ashamed — A*shamed , a. [Orig. a p. p. of ashame, v. t.] Affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt, or a conviction or consciousness of some wrong action or impropriety. I am ashamed to beg. Wyclif. [1913 Webster] All that forsake thee shall be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ashamed — ashamed; ashamed·ly; ashamed·ness; un·ashamed; …   English syllables

  • ashamed — [ə shāmd′] adj. [ME < OE asceamod, pp. of ascamian, to be ashamed < a , A 2 + scamian < scamu, SHAME] 1. feeling shame because something bad, wrong, or foolish was done 2. feeling humiliated or embarrassed, as from a sense of inadequacy… …   English World dictionary

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  • ashamed — [adj] regretting, remorseful abashed, apologetic, bashful, blushing, chagrined, compunctious, conscience stricken, contrite, crestfallen, debased, demeaned, discomfited, disconcerted, distraught, distressed, embarrassed, flustered, guilty,… …   New thesaurus

  • ashamed — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ feeling embarrassed or guilty. DERIVATIVES ashamedly adverb. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • ashamed — a|shamed S3 [əˈʃeımd] adj [not before noun] 1.) feeling embarrassed and guilty because of something you have done ashamed of/at ▪ I felt ashamed of the things I d said to him. be ashamed to do sth ▪ I m ashamed to admit that I ve never read any… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ashamed — adj. 1) thoroughly ashamed 2) ashamed of (he was ashamed of himself) 3) ashamed to + inf. (she was ashamed to admit her mistake) 4) ashamed that + clause (he was ashamed that his family was poor) * * * [ə ʃeɪmd] thoroughlyashamed ashamedof (he… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ashamed */*/ — UK [əˈʃeɪmd] / US adjective feeling guilty or embarrassed because you have done something wrong, or think that you have not reached a standard that people expect I regret the incident and am deeply ashamed and embarrassed. ashamed of: He s… …   English dictionary

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