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shame

noun [U]  us   /ʃeɪm/

shame noun [U] (GUILT)

an uncomfortable feeling of guilt or of being ashamed because of your own or someone else’s bad behavior: He pointed out that society needed to restore a sense of shame about certain things.

shame noun [U] (MISFORTUNE)

an unlucky or disappointing situation: What a shame that they left just before we arrived. [+ to infinitive] Have some more vegetables – it would be a shame to waste them.

shame

verb [T]  us   /ʃeɪm/
to make someone feel guilty or ashamed: My aunt told us that in her day women who weren’t married by the age of 25 were considered "old maids" and were so shamed by their families that they would do anything to get married.
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