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English noun: shame

1. shame (feeling) a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt


Broader (hypernym)feeling


Narrower (hyponym)conscience, embarrassment, self-disgust, self-hatred

2. shame (state) a state of dishonor


SamplesOne mistake brought shame to all his family.
Suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison.


Synonymsdisgrace, ignominy


Broader (hypernym)dishonor, dishonour


Narrower (hyponym)humiliation, obloquy, odium, opprobrium, reproach

3. shame (event) an unfortunate development


SamplesIt's a pity he couldn't do it.


Synonymspity


Broader (hypernym)bad luck, misfortune


English verb: shame

1. shame (social) bring shame or dishonor upon


SamplesHe dishonored his family by committing a serious crime.


ExamplesThe performance is likely to shame Sue


Synonymsattaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)befoul, defile, foul, maculate


Antonymshonor, honour, reward

2. shame (social) compel through a sense of shame


SamplesShe shamed him into making amends.


ExamplesThey shame him to write the letter, The performance is likely to shame Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody into V-ing something


Broader (hypernym)compel, obligate, oblige

3. shame (emotion) cause to be ashamed


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise


Narrower (hyponym)discountenance

4. shame (competition) surpass or beat by a wide margin


ExamplesSam cannot shame Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass









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