Pronunciation: (shām), [key]
—n., v., shamed, sham•ing.
1. the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another: She was overcome with shame.
2. susceptibility to this feeling: to be without shame.
3. disgrace; ignominy: His actions brought shame upon his parents.
4. a fact or circumstance bringing disgrace or regret: The bankruptcy of the business was a shame. It was a shame you couldn't come with us.
5. for shame! you should feel ashamed!: What a thing to say to your mother! For shame!
6. put to shame,
a. to cause to suffer shame or disgrace.
b. to outdo; surpass: She played so well she put all the other tennis players to shame.
1. to cause to feel shame; make ashamed: His cowardice shamed him.
2. to drive, force, etc., through shame: He shamed her into going.
3. to cover with ignominy or reproach; disgrace.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.