Definition of


  1. (noun, event) an unfortunate development
  2. (noun, feeling) a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt
  3. (noun, state) a state of dishonor
    suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison
  4. (verb, competition) surpass or beat by a wide margin
  5. (verb, emotion) cause to be ashamed
  6. (verb, social) compel through a sense of shame
  7. (verb, social) bring shame or dishonor upon

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Origin of the word Shame

  1. O.E. sceamu, sceomu "feeling of guilt or disgrace," from P.Gmc. *skamo (cf. O.S. skama, O.N. sk?mm, Swed. skam, O.Fris. scome, Du. schaamte, O.H.G. scama, Ger. Scham), probably from PIE *skem-, from *kem- "to cover" (covering oneself being a common expression of shame). An O.N. word for it was kinnr… more

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