For 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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