adjective Date: 13th century 1. a. bringing shame ; disgraceful <
the children's behavior was shameful
b. arousing the feeling of shame 2. archaic full of the feeling of shame ; ashamedshamefully adverbshamefulness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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