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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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And the shamefulness of the part of our history which led to that landmark act still resounds today.
The shamefulness, in other words, grows in significance as first it is seen by the inner community of the holy man and then by the rest of the world, effectively demonstrating that whether in the home or away from it, one cannot get away with such nasty tricks.
I hope one day the British government and their US partners will realise the shamefulness of sanctions and the pain they cause to innocent Africans who are being punished for claiming their land back which they lost more than 100 years ago.
So did those of countries whose governments had played roles of varying degrees of shamefulness in the farce of 'non-intervention'.
It is only a highly specialized and profoundly questionable characterization of 'reality' that could lead people to doubt the reality of badness, shamefulness or goodness in the world.
By calling attention to the ill actions and culpability of those who shamed him, he might expose their overzealous cruelty and hence the shamefulness inherent in their own beings.
The biggest shamefulness in this is that in many instances (stage 3b non-small cell lung carcinoma being one), the lesions are deemed hopeless, yet the treatment offered robs quality of life from the victims while adding millions to the hospital bill.
In an era dominated by notions of women's natural innocence and modesty, and of the shamefulness of female sexuality, this open declaration of desire represents a radical revolt against concepts of femininity that Wollstonecraft believed were responsible for a great deal of female suffering.
The multi-million dollar, premeditated campaign of government to first deny the abuses of those schools, and then refuse justice to the victims, has the potential to exceed the shamefulness of the earlier era.
Lambasted by conservative critics for the supposed "immaturity" of these stories, he went on to write Ferdydurke, which depicts the identity crisis of an author who, lambasted for the "immaturity" of his first book, is abducted by his old schoolmaster and whisked away to the classroom, where he must relive all the shamefulness of adolescence.
9) The three time units are carefully chosen to match the thematic core of the poem-series: xin invites an association with laborious work, chou with ugliness and shamefulness and tu with farming land.