ashamed
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English āscamod, past participle of āscamian to shame, from ā- (perfective prefix) + scamian to shame — more at abide, shame Date: before 12th century 1. a. feeling shame, guilt, or disgrace b. feeling inferior or unworthy 2. restrained by anticipation of shame <
was ashamed to beg
>
ashamedly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ashamed — ashamed, mortified, chagrined mean acutely or manifestly conscious of embarrassment and humiliation. One is ashamed whose embarrassment and humiliation are mixed sometimes with a sense of guilt and always with the awareness of being discredited… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Ashamed — A*shamed , a. [Orig. a p. p. of ashame, v. t.] Affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt, or a conviction or consciousness of some wrong action or impropriety. I am ashamed to beg. Wyclif. [1913 Webster] All that forsake thee shall be… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ashamed — ashamed; ashamed·ly; ashamed·ness; un·ashamed; …   English syllables

  • ashamed — [ə shāmd′] adj. [ME < OE asceamod, pp. of ascamian, to be ashamed < a , A 2 + scamian < scamu, SHAME] 1. feeling shame because something bad, wrong, or foolish was done 2. feeling humiliated or embarrassed, as from a sense of inadequacy… …   English World dictionary

  • ashamed — O.E. asceamed feeling shame, filled with shame, pp. of ascamian to feel shame, from a intensive prefix + scamian to put to shame (see SHAME (Cf. shame) (v.)). The verb is obsolete, but the pp. lives on. Meaning reluctant through fear of shame is… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ashamed — [adj] regretting, remorseful abashed, apologetic, bashful, blushing, chagrined, compunctious, conscience stricken, contrite, crestfallen, debased, demeaned, discomfited, disconcerted, distraught, distressed, embarrassed, flustered, guilty,… …   New thesaurus

  • ashamed — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ feeling embarrassed or guilty. DERIVATIVES ashamedly adverb. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • ashamed — a|shamed [ ə ʃeımd ] adjective ** feeling guilty or embarrassed because you have done something wrong, or think that you have not reached a standard that people expect: I regret the incident and am deeply ashamed and embarrassed. ashamed of: He s …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ashamed — a|shamed S3 [əˈʃeımd] adj [not before noun] 1.) feeling embarrassed and guilty because of something you have done ashamed of/at ▪ I felt ashamed of the things I d said to him. be ashamed to do sth ▪ I m ashamed to admit that I ve never read any… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • ashamed — adj. 1) thoroughly ashamed 2) ashamed of (he was ashamed of himself) 3) ashamed to + inf. (she was ashamed to admit her mistake) 4) ashamed that + clause (he was ashamed that his family was poor) * * * [ə ʃeɪmd] thoroughlyashamed ashamedof (he… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • ashamed */*/ — UK [əˈʃeɪmd] / US adjective feeling guilty or embarrassed because you have done something wrong, or think that you have not reached a standard that people expect I regret the incident and am deeply ashamed and embarrassed. ashamed of: He s… …   English dictionary

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