Definition of ashamed adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈʃeɪmd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈʃeɪmd//
    [not before noun]
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  1. 1  feeling shame or embarrassment about somebody/something or because of something you have done ashamed of something She was deeply ashamed of her behaviour at the party. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. ashamed of somebody His daughter looked such a mess that he was ashamed of her. ashamed of yourself You should be ashamed of yourself for telling such lies. ashamed that… I feel almost ashamed that I've been so lucky. ashamed to be something The football riots made me ashamed to be English. You act as if you’re ashamed to be seen with me. Which Word?ashamed / embarrassed You feel ashamed when you feel guilty because of something wrong that you have deliberately done:You should be ashamed of treating your daughter like that. Do not use ashamed when you are talking about something that is not very serious or important:I am sorry that I forgot to buy the milk. I am ashamed that I forgot to buy the milk. You feel embarrassed when you have made a mistake or done something stupid or feel awkward in front of other people:I was embarrassed about forgetting his name. Wordfinderamends, apologize, ashamed, embarrassed, forgive, regret, remorse, repent, sorry, sympathy
  2. 2  ashamed to do something unwilling to do something because of shame or embarrassment I'm ashamed to say that I lied to her. I cried at the end and I'm not ashamed to admit it. He felt ashamed to let her see him in this state. More Like This Adjectives that do not come before a noun afloat, addicted, afraid, alike, alive, alone, ashamed, asleep, awakeSee worksheet.
  3. Word OriginOld English āscamod, past participle of āscamian ‘feel shame’, from ā- (as an intensifier) + the verb shame.Extra examples His foul-mouthed way of speaking made me ashamed of him. I’ve done nothing to be ashamed about. She was ashamed of what she had done. Then she smiled and Rose was instantly ashamed of her jealous feelings. I feel almost ashamed that I’ve been so lucky. You act as if you’re ashamed to be seen with me.
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