Shame vs ashamed

Shame is the feeling of humiliation one gets when realizing one’s behavior is degrading, disgraceful, boorish, embarrassing or wrong in some fashion. Shame may also refer to a loss of esteem, a regrettable situation, or the person, action or situation that brings loss of esteem.  Shame is used as a noun or a verb, related words are shames, shamed, shaming.

Ashamed is being humiliated or guilty because one’s behavior has been degrading, disgraceful, boorish, embarrassing or wrong in some fashion. Ashamed is an adjective. Both shame and ashamed refer to the same idea of guilt or humiliation because of sub-standard behavior, shame is a noun or sometimes a verb, ashamed is an adjective.



Children’s deaths from pneumonia, diarrhoea bring India shame (The Hindu)

It’s just a shame he thinks 99 per cent of the football industry – those of us who have not won the title or Champions League medals – is unqualified to express theirs. (The Mirror)

Concerted, concentrated and sustained effort by various stakeholders under the overarching goal of Swachh Bharat Missions (Urban)could propel India out of the sanitation shame. (The Economic Times)

“Shame and stigma perpetuate the problem,” said Crookes, who emphasized that every child should have at least three positive adult role models, besides their parents, to help them thrive. (The Arlington Times)

Said another: “This is a hateful and oppressive portrayal of a minority and Hollywood should be ashamed. Disgusting.” (The Sydney Morning Herald)

“It should be the type of laugh that catches in your throat and you’re almost ashamed when you realize what you’re doing,” he told the Guardian shortly before its release in early October. (The Global Post)

David Cameron has told Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell that he should be “ashamed” of himself for comments he made praising members of the IRA for their role in the armed struggle. (The Independent)


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