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 Origin Old 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.