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shame

noun uk   /ʃeɪm/ us  

shame noun (BAD LUCK)

A2 [S] If something is described as a shame, it is disappointing or not satisfactory: [+ that] It's a (great) shame that the concert had to be cancelled. [+ to infinitive] Have some more vegetables - it would be a shame to waste them. "Douglas is having to miss the school concert because he's ill." "Oh, what a shame/that's a shame!"
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shame noun (BAD FEELING)

C1 [U] an uncomfortable feeling of guilt or of being ashamed because of your own or someone else's bad behaviour: He said he felt no shame for what he had done. The children hung/bowed their heads in shame. The shame of the scandal was so great that he shot himself a few weeks later. You can't go out dressed like that - have you no shame (= don't you feel ashamed about being dressed like that)? [U] loss of honour and respect: He thinks there's great shame in being out of work and unable to provide for his family. In some societies, if a woman leaves her husband, it brings shame on her and her family.put sb to shame to make someone feel ashamed: It puts me to shame that I still haven't replied to David's letter.to my shame I feel ashamed because: To my shame, I never wrote and thanked Mary for her present.shame on you used to tell someone that they should feel sorry for something they did: Shame on you for being so unkind. humorous You mean you were in town and you didn't come and see us - shame on you!
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shame noun (COMPARE WELL)

put sb/sth to shame to make someone or something seem not good by comparison: Your cooking puts mine to shame.

shame

verb [T] uk   /ʃeɪm/ us  

shame verb [T] (BAD FEELING)

to make someone feel ashamed, or to make someone or something lose honour and respect: It shames me that I treated her so badly. The behaviour of a few children has shamed the whole school.shame sb into/out of sth to cause someone to do or not to do something by making them feel ashamed: [+ -ing verb] The number of people out of work has shamed the government into taking action to prevent further job losses.

shame verb [T] (COMPARE WELL)

to be so much better than something that is seems of a low standard by comparison: The school's exam results shame those of the other schools in the area.

shame

exclamation uk   /ʃeɪm/ us  
used to express disapproval of something that a public speaker is saying: To cries of "Shame!", the minister announced that taxes were being increased.
Translations of “shame”
in Korean 수치심, 안타까움…
in Arabic خَجَل…
in French honte, dommage…
in Turkish utanç, mahcubiyet, yüz karası…
in Italian vergogna…
in Chinese (Traditional) 惡運, 可惜,遺憾…
in Russian стыд…
in Polish wstyd…
in Spanish vergüenza, pena, deshonra…
in Portuguese vergonha…
in German die Scham, die Schande, der Jammer…
in Catalan vergonya…
in Japanese 恥, 恥ずかしさ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 坏运气, 可惜,遗憾…
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