feeling shame; distressed or embarrassed by feelings of guilt, foolishness, or disgrace: He felt ashamed for having spoken so cruelly.
unwilling or restrained because of fear of shame, ridicule, or disapproval: They were ashamed to show their work.
Chiefly Midland U.S. (especially of children) bashful; timid.

before 1000; orig. past participle of earlier ashame (v.) to be ashamed, Middle English, Old English āscamian, equivalent to ā- a-3 + scamian to shame

ashamedly [uh-shey-mid-lee] , adverb
ashamedness, noun
half-ashamed, adjective
half-ashamedly, adverb

1. Ashamed, humiliated, mortified refer to a condition or feeling of discomfort or embarrassment. Ashamed focuses on the sense of one's own responsibility for an act, whether it is foolish, improper, or immoral: He was ashamed of his dishonesty. She was ashamed of her mistake. Humiliated stresses a feeling of being humbled or disgraced, without any necessary implication of guilt: He was humiliated by the king. Both words are used equally in situations in which one is felt to be responsible for the actions of another: Robert felt humiliated by his daughter's behavior. Mom was ashamed of the way I looked. Mortified represents an intensification of the feelings implied by the other two words: She was mortified by her clumsiness.

1, 2. proud. Unabridged
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ashamed (əˈʃeɪmd)
1.  overcome with shame, guilt, or remorse
2.  (foll by of) suffering from feelings of inferiority or shame in relation to (a person, thing, or deed)
3.  (foll by to) unwilling through fear of humiliation, shame, etc
[Old English āscamod, past participle of āscamian to shame, from scamushame]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. asceamed, pp. of ascamian "to put to shame," from a- intensive prefix + scamian "to put to shame" (see shame). The verb is obsolete, but the pp. lives on.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
She kicked herself, ashamed about not having the nerve or the energy to
  directly address his e-mailed appellation.
The nation and its church were ashamed of themselves.
Finally one came forward, shrieking at the others that they should be ashamed.
The authors of this study should be ashamed of themselves.
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