ashamed Definition

feeling guilty or embarrassed because you have done something wrong, or think that you have not reached a standard that people expect.

Using ashamed: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "ashamed" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I was ashamed of my behavior at the party.

  • Example

    She felt ashamed for lying to her parents.

  • Example

    He was ashamed to admit that he had failed the test.

ashamed Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for ashamed

Phrases with ashamed

  • to experience a sense of guilt or embarrassment


    I feel ashamed for not telling the truth.

  • to feel embarrassed or guilty about something that one has done


    She was ashamed of her past mistakes.

  • to cause someone to feel embarrassed or inferior


    Her talent put the other singers to shame.

Origins of ashamed

from Old English 'āscamian', meaning 'to feel shame'


Summary: ashamed in Brief

'Ashamed' [əˈʃeɪmd] is an adjective that describes feeling guilty or embarrassed due to one's actions or perceived failure to meet expectations. Examples include 'I was ashamed of my behavior at the party' and 'He was ashamed to admit that he had failed the test.' Synonyms include 'remorseful' and 'regretful,' while antonyms include 'proud' and 'unashamed.'

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