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

n 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

n a state of dishonor

“one mistake brought shame to all his family”
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

n an unfortunate development

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bad luck, misfortune
unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event

v cause to be ashamed

look with disfavor on
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arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

v bring shame or dishonor upon

attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour
honor, honour, reward
bestow honor or rewards upon
befoul, defile, foul, maculate
spot, stain, or pollute

v compel through a sense of shame

“She shamed him into making amends”
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compel, obligate, oblige
force somebody to do something

v 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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