American English

Definition of ashamed adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1feeling shame or embarrassment about someone or something, or because of something you have done ashamed of something She was deeply ashamed of her behavior at the party. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. ashamed of somebody His daughter looked like 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 Super Bowl riots made me ashamed to be a football fan. You act as if you're ashamed to be seen with me.
  2. 2ashamed 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.
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 milk. I am ashamed that I forgot to buy 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.
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