• "'Shame on you all, to hit a helpless man!'"
    "'Shame on you all, to hit a helpless man!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj shameful (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame "Man...has written one of his blackest records as a destroyer on the oceanic islands"- Rachel Carson","an ignominious retreat","inglorious defeat","an opprobrious monument to human greed","a shameful display of cowardice"
    • adj shameful giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation "scandalous behavior","the wicked rascally shameful conduct of the bankrupt"- Thackeray","the most shocking book of its time"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shameful Bringing shame or disgrace; injurious to reputation; disgraceful. "His naval preparations were not more surprising than his quick and shameful retreat."
    • Shameful Exciting the feeling of shame in others; indecent; as, a shameful picture; a shameful sight.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • shameful Modest; shamefaced.
    • shameful Full of shame; tinged or permeated with a feeling of shame.
    • shameful That brings or ought to bring or put to shame; disgraceful; scandalous; as, shameful conduct.
    • shameful Synonyms Dishonorable, disreputable, outrageous, villainous, heinous, nefarious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Shameful disgraceful
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Honor and shame from no condition rise; Act well your part, there all the honor lies.”
  • Gaelic Proverb
    Gaelic Proverb
    “Common sense hides shame.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.”
  • John Lyly
    John Lyly
    “Where the mind is past hope, the heart is past shame.”


Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me - This means that you should learn from your mistakes and not allow people to take advantage of you repeatedly.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceamu, scamu, modesty; Ice. skömm, a wound, Ger. scham.


In literature:

She scarcely expected her dreams of endearments to be realized; she regarded them, except in desperate moods, with shame.
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She was shamed and angry as she had never been shamed and angry before.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Kit, bowed with shame and grief, dared not appear upon the streets, where the girls who had envied her now hooted at her.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Her face was reddening, as if with shame, but there was no shame in it.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
He watched her with pity and admiration, and shame at his own impotence of love to give her all.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
O Lord, who didst endure all shame for me, save me from that most utter shame.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
These scorn to lose their vantage, stung with shame, And life is wagered willingly for fame.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
I cannot describe the mixture of dread and of shame which glowed in my veins.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The shame of running away from the man seemed to be a worse evil than the shame of meeting him.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
Is this not shameful?
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai

In poetry:

Jesus, my God! I know his name,
His name is all my trust;
Nor will he put my soul to shame,
Nor let my hope be lost.
"Hymn 103" by Isaac Watts
Very sadly, Abu Midjan,
Hanging down his head for shame,
Spake in words of soft appealing
To the tender-hearted dame:
"Abu Midjan" by Archibald Lampman
Think I, the round world over,
What golden lads are low
With hurts not mine to mourn for
And shames I shall not know.
" II: As I Gird on for Fighting" by A E Housman
"Before your birth,
Burn up, O Roses! with your dainty flame.
Good Violets, sweet Violets, hide shame
Below the earth.
"Tyranny." by Sidney Lanier
But alike shall be at last
The shamed and the blessèd place,
The future and the past,
Man's grace and man's disgrace.
"The Suicide" by Thomas MacDonagh
We whose name is shame,
We whose souls walk bare,
Shall we call the same
God as ye by name,
Teach our lips your prayer?
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

Obama's Actions Amount To A Shameful Dereliction Of Duty.
Watching the outpouring of grief and reflection over the death of Adrienne Rich last week, I admit, to my shame, that I was surprised.
But MDJ columnist Kevin Foley took this deceptive practice to a new and shameful level in his column from last Friday.
That is a crying shame, says Anna Lo.
Bartender Who Famously Shamed A Nasty Non-Tipper Got Wrong Guy.
Salman Rushdie's other novels include Midnight's Children, Shame and Luka and the Fire of Life.
Drama-wise, the penguins put the resident biologists to shame.
Sell me once, shame on you.
Sell me twice, shame on you.
Slut shaming should be a crime.
If you missed the Sports Wire (because you slept in, shame on you), don't fret.
The literary wiz kids who put us all to shame when they were still in grade school.
It is in many ways shaming .
Why UK's shamed newspapers need regulating.
Shamed by the election.

In science:

Indeed, they are so arcane that a naturalist perdurantist need feel no shame in being unable to accommodate them.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Named and shamed: the worst government annual reports.
Open Data: Reverse Engineering and Maintenance Perspective
Ranganathan relates, matter of factly, the shameful indifference which met his decades-long attempts to have Ramanujan’s notebooks published.
And free lunch for all...
In a way, it is a shame that we could not make a more unqualified assertion—for instance, that a nontrivial tradeoff relation held for al l finite strength quantum measurements without feedback.
Information Tradeoff Relations for Finite-Strength Quantum Measurements
There’s no shame in this, it’s just the nature of computer technology.
Computational Asteroseismology