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shame

(shām)
n.
a. A painful emotion caused by the awareness of having done something wrong or foolish: felt shame for cheating on the exam.
b. Respect for propriety or morality: Have you no shame?
c. Psychiatry A pervasive, negative emotional state, usually originating in childhood, marked by chronic self-reproach and a sense of personal failure.

shame

A distressing emotion involving a strong sense of having transgressed against a social or moral code. Shame is always relative to current mores or to the upbringing of the person concerned.
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I'm sure Fox will be too shamefaced to appear at the event.
Australian TV interviewer and former tennis player Renae Stubbs was left shamefaced after she asked Serena as to what the American ace got her sister Venus for Christmas, in an on-court interview.
"Yes," replied the shamefaced juror who was due at the court at 10.30am to join fellow jurors to resume considering verdicts in the trial of a Huddersfield man accused of sex offences.
After the hearing the shamefaced streaker revealed that it was not the first time he had shed his clothes during a sporting event.
"They had some potatoes shaped like shallots, and the staff looked rather shamefaced when I told them that my Thai green curry paste faced an uncertain future thanks to their shallotlessness."
One of the goals that sank Mexico against Argentina yesterday was also blatantly offside - as a glance at the big screen demonstrated to shamefaced officials within moments of the incident.
She'd have had a hand in crafting his new shamefaced statement confessing his infidelity.
But surely shamefaced Dean Richards, pictured, and Co at Harlequins (or should that be Halloweenequins?) took their fake-blood capsule inspiration from soccer's dark obsession with October 31.
I ran over, and was rather shamefaced to find the louts I'd been intimidated by stroking my dogs and eating sausage rolls.
I brought the matter up with the tourist office, who looked rather shamefaced and said that the matter had been raised at the last steering committee.