Shame is a painful feeling that's a mix of regret, self-hate, and dishonor. A good person would feel shame if they cheated on a test or did something mean to a friend.

Feeling shame — or being ashamed — is one of the most miserable feelings of them all. When you feel shame, you feel like a bad person and regret what you did. If you're trying to make someone else feel bad by scolding them, you're shaming them. People also often say, "That's a shame," when something bad happens — meaning it's sad or a pity.

Definitions of shame
  1. noun
    a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt
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    a feeling of shame when you do something immoral
    self-disgust, self-hatred
    shame resulting from strong dislike of yourself or your actions
    the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
    self-consciousness, uncomfortableness, uneasiness
    embarrassment deriving from the feeling that others are critically aware of you
    shamefacedness, sheepishness
    feeling embarrassed about yourself
    chagrin, humiliation, mortification
    strong feelings of embarrassment
    confusion, discombobulation
    a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused
    abashment, bashfulness
    feeling embarrassed due to modesty
    discomfiture, discomposure, disconcertion, disconcertment
    anxious embarrassment
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    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  2. noun
    a state of dishonor
    “one mistake brought shame to all his family”
    synonyms: disgrace, ignominy
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    state of disgrace or loss of self-respect
    obloquy, opprobrium
    state of disgrace resulting from public abuse
    state of disgrace resulting from detestable behavior
    disgrace or shame
    abasement, abjection, degradation
    a low or downcast state
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    dishonor, dishonour
    a state of shame or disgrace
  3. noun
    an unfortunate development
    synonyms: pity
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    bad luck, misfortune
    unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
  4. verb
    cause to be ashamed
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    look with disfavor on
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  5. verb
    bring shame or dishonor upon
    synonyms: attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour
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    honor, honour, reward
    bestow honor or rewards upon
    befoul, defile, foul, maculate
    spot, stain, or pollute
  6. verb
    compel through a sense of shame
    “She shamed him into making amends”
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    compel, obligate, oblige
    force somebody to do something
  7. verb
    surpass or beat by a wide margin
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    exceed, outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, outstrip, surmount, surpass
    be or do something to a greater degree
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