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



BrE BrE//ˈʃeɪmfl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeɪmfl//
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that should make you feel ashamed synonym disgraceful shameful behaviour It was shameful the way she was treated. There is nothing shameful about being poor. See related entries: Embarrassment Word OriginOld English sc(e)amful ‘modest, shamefaced’ (see shame, -ful).Extra examples Most people would consider this episode in our history shameful. a rather shameful practice our truly shameful record on this issue She hid her shameful thoughts from others. We reveal one of the most shameful secrets of modern US history.
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