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shameful

[sheym-fuh l] /ˈʃeɪm fəl/
adjective
1.
causing shame:
shameful behavior.
2.
disgraceful or scandalous:
shameful treatment.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English scamful. See shame, -ful
Related forms
shamefully, adverb
shamefulness, noun
Can be confused
shameful, shameless.
Synonyms
1. mortifying, humiliating. 2. dishonorable, ignominious, vile, base, low.
Antonyms
2. honorable.
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Examples from the web for shameful
  • But now all of me was buried underground-my shameful silk bow, my funeral robe and my now-cooked body.
  • The medical profession is shameful in this regard, and this test won't help.
  • The lack of understanding of basic science by the politicians of both parties is shameful.
  • The news media have been at their usual irresponsible, self-interested and shameful best here.
  • To boil that diversity down to a single false comparison is lazy and shameful.
  • It is shameful that a city, will try to solve this problem while the state stands idle.
  • These were driven entirely by a few people at the top, and they were shameful and wholly unnecessary.
  • My point is that even the shameful truth doesn't necessarily sink you.
  • Promoting prestige over education is shameful behavior which undermines the productivity of any society.
  • We should be celebrating the human body, not insisting that certain parts of it are shameful and corrupting.
British Dictionary definitions for shameful

shameful

/ˈʃeɪmfʊl/
adjective
1.
causing or deserving shame; scandalous
Derived Forms
shamefully, adverb
shamefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for shameful
adj.

Old English scamful "modest;" see shame (n.) + -ful. Meaning "disgraceful, causing shame" is from c.1300. Related: Shamefully; shamefulness. Middle English shamely (adv.) "shamefully" for some reason has fallen from use. Old English scamlic (adj.) "shameful, disgraceful," but this also could mean "modest."

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