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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 know I'm not one to talk since I must admit shamefaced that I have never been to Penshaw Monument or Herrington Country Park in my life, but surely there are more noteworthy attractions.
Set in a doctor's office, the scene establishes the film's wry comedic tone and its embrace of human fallibility--specifically Harvey's hypochondria and his outbursts of anger, which always get the better of his shamefaced efforts at self-control.
An apology can be brief, such as `I am terribly sorry' or `I am so shamefaced.
In more balanced times, the Republican bar might have been shamefaced about this sort of judicial activism.
But he looks shamefaced as his mother reminds him of the first time, a few years ago, he performed with an adult bluegrass band.
Each day after the main meal, servants place the lanterns before the door of the selected wife, and while the other wives disappear shamefaced into their doorways, she receives a ritual foot massage to prepare her for her husband's visit that evening.
An investigation followed, and shamefaced state officials were forced to concede that child abuse had indeed taken place --that is, when the terrified kids were rounded up during the sweep itself.
As Stone kept investigating, he walked into a morass of dishonesty, cover-ups, plain lies and - eventually - shamefaced confessions that ,made Charles Vandoren, a Columbia College English professor, a national villain, and ruined many reputations and careers.
I'm sure Fox will be too shamefaced to appear at the event.
Yes," replied the shamefaced juror who was due at the court at 10.
After the hearing the shamefaced streaker revealed that it was not the first time he had shed his clothes during a sporting event.