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

adj 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
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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