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shame

noun
 
/ʃeɪm/
shame A2 something you say about something that disappoints you: What a shame that Joe couldn’t come.
[no plural] a bad feeling about something wrong that you have done
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…
(Definition of shame from the Websters Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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