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Synonyms for shameʃeɪm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shame(noun)

    a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt

    ignominy, disgrace, pity

  2. shame, disgrace, ignominy(noun)

    a state of dishonor

    ignominy, shame, disgrace, pity

  3. pity, shame(verb)

    an unfortunate development

    disgrace, ignominy, ruth, commiseration, pathos, shame, pity, compassion

  4. dishonor, disgrace, dishonour, attaint, shame(verb)

    bring shame or dishonor upon

    violate, put down, discredit, dishonor, demean, ravish, attaint, take down, outrage, assault, rape, shame, dishonour, disgrace, degrade

  5. shame(verb)

    compel through a sense of shame

    dishonor, attaint, dishonour, disgrace

  6. shame(verb)

    cause to be ashamed

    dishonor, attaint, dishonour, disgrace

  7. shame(verb)

    surpass or beat by a wide margin

    dishonor, attaint, dishonour, disgrace

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shame

    Any sense of inferiority abashes, with or without the sense of wrong. The poor are abashed at the splendor of wealth, the ignorant at the learning of the wise. "I might have been abashed by their authority." Gladstone Homeric Synchron., p. 72. [Harper & Bros. '76.] To confuse is to bring into a state of mental bewilderment; to confound is to overwhelm the mental faculties; to daunt is to subject to a certain degree of fear. Embarrass is a strong word, signifying primarily hamper, hinder, impede. A solitary thinker may be confused by some difficulty in a subject, or some mental defect; one is embarrassed in the presence of others, and because of their presence. Confusion is of the intellect, embarrassment of the feelings. A witness may be embarrassed by annoying personalities, so as to become confused in statements. To mortify a person is to bring upon him a painful sense of humiliation, whether because of his own or another's fault or failure. A pupil is confused by a perplexing question, a general confounded by overwhelming defeat. A hostess is discomposed by the tardiness of guests, a speaker disconcerted by a failure of memory. The criminal who is not abashed at detection may be daunted by the officer's weapon. Sudden joy may bewilder, but will not abash. The true worshiper is humbled rather than abashed before God. The parent is mortified by the child's rudeness, the child abashed at the parent's reproof. The embarrassed speaker finds it difficult to proceed. The mob is overawed by the military, the hypocrite shamed by exposure. "A man whom no denial, no scorn could abash." Fielding Amelia bk. iii, ch. 9, p. 300. [Bell & Sons '71.] Compare CHAGRIN; HINDER.

    abash, bewilder, chagrin, confound, confuse, daunt, discompose, disconcert, dishearten, embarrass, humble, humiliate, mortify, overawe

    animate, buoy, cheer, embolden, encourage, inspirit, rally, uphold

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shame(n.)

    abashment, mortification, confusion

  2. shame(n.)

    disgrace, dishonor, opprobrium, reproach, ignominy, infamy, obloquy, odium, scandal, degradation

  3. shame(v. a.)

    abash, mortify, confuse, confound, disconcert, discompose, humiliate, humble, put to shame, make ashamed, put down

  4. shame(v. a.)

    disgrace, dishonor, degrade, debase, discredit, sully, taint, stain, tarnish

  5. shame(v. a.)

    deride, jeer, ridicule, mock at, sneer at, point at

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