• "'Shame on you all, to hit a helpless man!'"
    "'Shame on you all, to hit a helpless man!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shamefulness unworthiness meriting public disgrace and dishonor
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shamefulness Modesty; diffidence.
    • n shamefulness Shameful character; disgracefulness.
    • n shamefulness Shame; disgrace.
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.”
  • Louis Armstrong
    Louis Armstrong
    “I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right -- shame on you!”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Poverty is not a shame, but the being ashamed of it is.”
  • 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.


In literature:

Shame on thee, Victorine!
"Between Whiles" by Helen Hunt Jackson
Shame on us Christians, that we should have forgotten it for one so much lower.
"Sermons for the Times" by Charles Kingsley
Nevertheless, she let him go his way, and eased her shame with words.
"French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France" by Marie de France
The further price of his shame was paid in full.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
You said to us, 'Think shame,' you said, 'to be playing vulgar games when you could be reading superior books.
"Tommy and Grizel" by J.M. Barrie
She makes our Youth inglorious, our Age shameful.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
But the hushed voice and covertly held position afflicted her like shame.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
She had a spasm of shame that was excruciating.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
It was, moreover, shameful for a noble youth in Crete to have no lover; it spoke ill for his character.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 2 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
At the present moment he found himself in the society of Shame, the oldest and most haggard of all the daughters of the night.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

Behold the Saviour of mankind
Nailed to the shameful tree!
How vast the love that him inclined
To bleed and die for thee!
"Hymn XXII: Behold the Saviour of Mankind" by Charles Wesley
Heritage of British freeman
Never can the drunkard claim;
Slave of drink, and thrall of misery,
His the heritage of shame.
"Comparative Slavery" by Janet Hamilton
Who was she? Never ask her name,
Her beauty and her grace
Have passed, with her poor little shame,
Into the Silent Place.
"Anna" by Victor James Daley
Love came and gat fair greeting;
Love went; and left no shame.
Shall both the twilights meeting
The summer sunlight blame?
"Earth The Healer, Earth The Keeper" by William Morris
Suppress my shame, subdue my fear,
Arm me with heav'nly zeal,
That I may make thy power appear,
And works of praise fulfil.
"Hymn 37 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Father, I sing thy wondrous grace,
I bless my Savior's name;
He bought salvation for the poor,
And bore the sinner's shame.
"Psalm 69 part 3" by Isaac Watts

In news:

There's no shame directed toward those who can't.
Shame about the story mission, though.
They often struggle with feelings of shame and depression.
David Stewart remembers when he was the only deaf child in his elementary school, and the shame he felt in being different.
The concept of shame has been central to Chinese culture for thousands of years.
'I stole from a 9-year-old': Court-ordered shaming.
Gone are the days, thank goodness, when warriors who returned from the Vietnam War were greeted shamefully.
Yes, he admits without a trace of shame, he helped to launch the global superstardom of ABBA, the disco darlings from his native Sweden.
Which is a shame, because at the open house, Sienna was only too excited to show off her new classrooms and teachers, darting down the halls like a preteen possessed.
And we hang our heads in matchmaking shame.
To tell you the truth, I'm hanging my head in shame too.
Shame on The Oklahoman .
Putting owling and planking to shame.
Florida's open government practices put California to shame.
Isn't it funny how there are always new things to feel shame over in life.

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