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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

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

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.

Starting a business isn't for everyone, and it's not what you should do if you aren't sure what else to do. It requires thick skin and the willingness to carry a great deal of stress, sometimes alone. It's more often a life of failure than a life of success, and the majority of successes came after a long road of disappointment, and often shame.
Kathryn Minshew

Shame is the most powerful, master emotion. It's the fear that we're not good enough.
Brene Brown

It is a matter of shame that in the morning the birds should be awake earlier than you.
Abu Bakr
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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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