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ashamed

[uh-sheymd] /əˈʃeɪmd/
adjective
1.
feeling shame; distressed or embarrassed by feelings of guilt, foolishness, or disgrace:
He felt ashamed for having spoken so cruelly.
2.
unwilling or restrained because of fear of shame, ridicule, or disapproval:
They were ashamed to show their work.
3.
Chiefly Midland U.S. (especially of children) bashful; timid.
Origin
1000
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
Related forms
ashamedly
[uh-shey-mid-lee] /əˈʃeɪ mɪd li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
ashamedness, noun
half-ashamed, adjective
half-ashamedly, adverb
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1, 2. proud.
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British Dictionary definitions for half-ashamed

ashamed

/əˈʃeɪmd/
adjective (usually postpositive)
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
Derived Forms
ashamedly (əˈʃeɪmɪdlɪ) adverb
Word Origin
Old English āscamod, past participle of āscamian to shame, from scamushame
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Word Origin and History for half-ashamed

ashamed

adj.

Old English asceamed "feeling shame, filled with shame," past participle of ascamian "to feel shame," from a- intensive prefix + scamian "be ashamed, blush; cause shame" (see shame (v.)). The verb is obsolete, but the past participle lives on. Meaning "reluctant through fear of shame" is c.1300.

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