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1. Feeling shame or guilt: Are you ashamed for having lied?
2. Feeling inferior, inadequate, or embarrassed: ashamed of my torn coat.
3. Reluctant through fear of humiliation or shame: ashamed to ask for help.

[Middle English, from Old English āsceamod, past participle of āsceamian, to feel shame : ā-, intensive pref. + sceamian, to feel shame.]

a·sham′ed·ly (ə-shā′mĭd-lē) adv.


adj (usually postpositive)
1. overcome with shame, guilt, or remorse
2. (foll by of) suffering from feelings of inferiority or shame in relation to (a person, thing, or deed)
3. (foll by to) unwilling through fear of humiliation, shame, etc
[Old English āscamod, past participle of āscamian to shame, from scamu shame]
ashamedly adv



1. feeling shame; distressed or embarrassed by feelings of guilt, foolishness, or disgrace.
2. unwilling or restrained because of fear of shame, ridicule, or disapproval: They were ashamed to show their work.
[before 1000; orig. past participle of Middle English ashamen to be ashamed, Old English āscamian]
a•sham′ed•ly, adv.


1. 'ashamed'

If you are ashamed, you feel sorry about something you did wrong.

He upset Dad, and he feels a bit ashamed.
They were ashamed to admit that they had lied.

You say that someone is ashamed of something, or ashamed of themselves.

Jen feels ashamed of the lies she told.
I was ashamed of myself for getting so angry.
It's nothing to be ashamed of.
2. 'embarrassed'

If you are embarrassed, you are worried that people will laugh at you or think you are foolish.

He looked a bit embarrassed when he noticed his mistake.
She had been too embarrassed to ask her friends.

You say that someone is embarrassed by something or embarrassed about it.

He seemed embarrassed by the question.
I felt really embarrassed about singing in public.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'of' in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'He seemed embarrassed of the question.'

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ashamed - feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse; "are you ashamed for having lied?"; "felt ashamed of my torn coat"
penitent, repentant - feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
unashamed - used of persons or their behavior; feeling no shame


خَجِل، خَجْلانخَجْلان
sem skammast sín, sneypulegur
부끄러워 하는
osramočensramovati se
xấu hổ


[əˈʃeɪmd] ADJ
1. (= remorseful) → avergonzado, apenado (LAm)
he was/felt ashamed about what had happenedestaba/se sentía avergonzado por lo que había pasado
she was in tears, saying how ashamed she feltestaba llorando y diciendo lo avergonzada or arrepentida que se sentía or estaba
she was ashamed that she had been so nasty; she was ashamed about having been so nastyestaba avergonzada or se avergonzaba or se arrepentía de haber sido tan cruel
to be ashamed of o.sestar avergonzado de sí mismo
you ought to be ashamed of yourself!¡debería darte vergüenza or (LAm) pena!, ¡no te da vergüenza!
2. (= embarrassed) I was ashamed to ask for moneyme daba vergüenza or (LAm) pena pedir dinero
I've done nothing, I'm ashamed to sayme da vergüenza or (LAm) pena reconocerlo pero no he hecho nada
I was too ashamed to tell anyoneme sentía demasiado avergonzado como para decírselo a nadie
it's nothing to be ashamed ofno hay por qué avergonzarse or (LAm) apenarse
I'm ashamed of youme avergüenzo de ti
I felt ashamed that the money spent on my education had been wastedme daba vergüenza pensar que el dinero que se había gastado en mi educación no había servido para nada


[əˈʃeɪmd] adjhonteux/euse, confus(e)
to be ashamed → avoir honte
to feel ashamed → avoir honte
to be ashamed of sb/sth → avoir honte de qn/qch
It's nothing to be ashamed of → Il n'y a pas à avoir honte.
to be ashamed of o.s. → avoir honte
You should be ashamed of yourself! → Tu devrais avoir honte!
to be ashamed of o.s. for having done sth → avoir honte d'avoir fait qch
to be ashamed to admit sth → avoir honte d'admettre qchA shares npl (British)actions fpl prioritairesash blond ash blonde adjblond cendré


adjbeschämt; to be or feel ashamed (of somebody/something)sich schämen (→ für jdn/etw, jds/einer Sache (geh)); it’s nothing to be ashamed ofdeswegen braucht man sich nicht zu genieren or schämen; to be ashamed that …sich schämen, dass …; I felt ashamed for himich habe mich für ihn geschämt; he is ashamed to do ites ist ihm peinlich, das zu tun, er schämt sich, das zu tun; … I’m ashamed to say…, muss ich leider zugeben; to be ashamed of oneself (for doing something)sich schämen(, etw getan zu haben); you ought to be ashamed (of yourself)du solltest dich (was) schämen!, schäm dich!; you may well look ashamedschäm dich ruhig!


[əˈʃeɪmd] adjpieno/a di vergogna, vergognoso/a
to be or feel ashamed (of o.s.) → vergognarsi
to be ashamed of sb/sth/to do sth → vergognarsi di qn/qc/di fare qc
you ought to be ashamed of yourself! → dovresti vergognarti!, vergognati!
it's nothing to be ashamed of → non è una cosa di cui ci si debba vergognare


(əˈʃeimd) adjective
feeling shame. He was ashamed of his bad work, ashamed to admit his mistake, ashamed of himself.


خَجْلان zahanbený skamfuld schamerfüllt ντροπιασμένος avergonzado häpeissään honteux posramljen vergognarsi 恥じて 부끄러워 하는 beschaamd skamfull zawstydzony envergonhado пристыженный skamsen อับอาย mahcup xấu hổ 羞愧的


a. avergonzado-a, apenado-a;
to be ___tener vergüenza, tener pena.


adj avergonzado
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