When you have done something you know you shouldn't have, or just something embarrassing, you feel ashamed, or remorseful. Don't be ashamed of your unusual dance moves — you were the life of the party!

The word ashamed has, in some form, been around since before the 11th Century. You might feel less ashamed of your mistakes if you're able to learn from them. As Jonathan Swift put it, "A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday."

Definitions of ashamed
  1. adjective
    feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse
    “are you ashamed for having lied?”
    “felt ashamed of my torn coat”
    discredited, disgraced, dishonored, shamed
    suffering shame
    embarrassed, humiliated, mortified
    made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded pride
    guilty, hangdog, shamed, shamefaced
    showing a sense of guilt
    shamefaced, sheepish
    showing a sense of shame
    penitent, repentant
    feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds
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    used of persons or their behavior; feeling no shame
    audacious, bald-faced, barefaced, bodacious, brassy, brazen, brazen-faced, insolent
    unrestrained by convention or propriety
    shameless, unblushing
    feeling no shame
    unabashed, unembarrassed
    not embarrassed
    impenitent, unremorseful, unrepentant
    not penitent or remorseful
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