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Definition of Shame


  1. A painful sensation excited by a consciousness of guilt or impropriety, or of having done something which injures reputation, or of the exposure of that which nature or modesty prompts us to conceal.
  2. Reproach incurred or suffered; dishonor; ignominy; derision; contempt.
  3. The cause or reason of shame; that which brings reproach, and degrades a person in the estimation of others; disgrace.
  4. The parts which modesty requires to be covered; the private parts.
  5. To make ashamed; to excite in (a person) a comsciousness of guilt or impropriety, or of conduct derogatory to reputation; to put to shame.
  6. To cover with reproach or ignominy; to dishonor; to disgrace.
  7. To mock at; to deride.
  8. To be ashamed; to feel shame.

Shame Quotations

Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Benjamin Franklin

The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness.
Marcus Garvey

Beauty is as relative as light and dark. Thus, there exists no beautiful woman, none at all, because you are never certain that a still far more beautiful woman will not appear and completely shame the supposed beauty of the first.
Paul Klee

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.
Benjamin Franklin
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Shame Translations

shame in Afrikaans is skaamte
shame in Dutch is foei
shame in French is honte, vergogne
shame in German is Scham, Schande
shame in Italian is pudore, disonore
shame in Latin is rubor, verecundia, dedecus
shame in Swedish is skam, blygsel
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