To put to shame
Shame Shame, n. [OE. shame, schame, AS. scamu, sceamu; akin to OS. & OHG. scama, G. scham, Icel. sk["o]mm, shkamm, Sw. & Dan. skam, D. & G. schande, Goth. skanda shame, skaman sik to be ashamed; perhaps from a root skam meaning to cover, and akin to the root (kam) of G. hemd shirt, E. chemise. Cf. {Sham}.] 1. A painful sensation excited by a consciousness of guilt or impropriety, or of having done something which injures reputation, or of the exposure of that which nature or modesty prompts us to conceal. [1913 Webster]

HIde, for shame, Romans, your grandsires' images, That blush at their degenerate progeny. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Have you no modesty, no maiden shame? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Reproach incurred or suffered; dishonor; ignominy; derision; contempt. [1913 Webster]

Ye have borne the shame of the heathen. --Ezek. xxxvi. 6. [1913 Webster]

Honor and shame from no condition rise. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

And every woe a tear can claim Except an erring sister's shame. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

3. The cause or reason of shame; that which brings reproach, and degrades a person in the estimation of others; disgrace. [1913 Webster]

O C?sar, what a wounding shame is this! --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Guides who are the shame of religion. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. The parts which modesty requires to be covered; the private parts. --Isa. xlvii. 3. [1913 Webster]

{For shame!} you should be ashamed; shame on you!

{To put to shame}, to cause to feel shame; to humiliate; to disgrace. ``Let them be driven backward and put to shame that wish me evil.'' --Ps. xl. 14. [1913 Webster]


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  • To do one shame — do do (d[=oo]), v. t. or auxiliary. [imp. {did} (d[i^]d); p. p. {done} (d[u^]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Doing} (d[=oo] [i^]ng). This verb, when transitive, is formed in the indicative, present tense, thus: I do, thou doest (d[=oo] [e^]st) or dost… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To do to death — do do (d[=oo]), v. t. or auxiliary. [imp. {did} (d[i^]d); p. p. {done} (d[u^]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Doing} (d[=oo] [i^]ng). This verb, when transitive, is formed in the indicative, present tense, thus: I do, thou doest (d[=oo] [e^]st) or dost… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To have to do with — do do (d[=oo]), v. t. or auxiliary. [imp. {did} (d[i^]d); p. p. {done} (d[u^]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Doing} (d[=oo] [i^]ng). This verb, when transitive, is formed in the indicative, present tense, thus: I do, thou doest (d[=oo] [e^]st) or dost… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put one's foot in one's mouth — Mouth Mouth (mouth), n.; pl. {Mouths} (mou[th]z). [OE. mouth, mu[thorn], AS. m[=u][eth]; akin to D. mond, OS. m[=u][eth], G. mund, Icel. mu[eth]r, munnr, Sw. mun, Dan. mund, Goth. mun[thorn]s, and possibly L. mentum chin; or cf. D. muil mouth,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • put to shame — index brand (stigmatize), denigrate, humiliate, pillory, reproach, sully Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • put to shame — defeated very badly, feel ashamed of losing    Our baseball team was put to shame by the Cubans: 11 0 …   English idioms

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