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noun shame pronunciation in American English /ʃeɪm/
  1. 1
    [uncountable] a guilty and embarrassed feeling that you have when you or someone else has behaved badly

    He speaks about his affair without shame.

    bow/hang your head in shame (=hold your head down and look away from people because you feel ashamed):

    The people who let this happen should hang their heads in shame.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] loss of respect or a good reputation because of your own or someone else's bad behavior or bad performance

    They accused her of bringing shame and disgrace on the family name.

    There is no shame in failing.

    to someone's shame:

    To their shame, they were proven wrong.

  3. 3
    [singular] a reason for feeling sad or disappointed

    It seems a shame to waste all this food.

    It was a shame that you couldn't come with us.

    a great/crying/terrible shame:

    It would have been a crying shame if we'd have lost the game.


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