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From Middle English ashamed, aschamed, from Old English āsċeamod, past participle of Old English āsċeamian (to be ashamed), equivalent to a- +‎ shame +‎ -ed.


  • IPA(key): /əˈʃeɪmd/
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ashamed (comparative more ashamed, superlative most ashamed)

  1. Feeling shame or guilt.
    • 1560, [William Whittingham et al., transl.], The Bible and Holy Scriptures Conteyned in the Olde and Newe Testament. [] (the Geneva Bible), Geneva: Printed by Rouland Hall, OCLC 557472409, Isaiah XLII:17, folio 298, verso:
      They ſhal be turned backe : they ſhal be greatly aſhamed, that truſt in grauẽ images, and ſay to the molten images, Ye are our gods.
    • 1618, John Fletcher, “The Loyal Subject”, in Fifty Comedies and Tragedies, London: J. Macock, published 1679, Act V, scene vi, page 279:
      Good Sir pardon me, / I feel ſufficiently my follies penance, / And am aſham’d, that ſhame a thouſand ſorrows / Feed on continually, would I had never ſeen her, / Or with a clearer judgement look’d upon her, / She was too good for me, ſo heavenly good Sir, / Nothing but Heaven can love that ſoul ſufficiently, / Where I ſhall ſee her once again.
    • 1859, Horace Mann, Address at Antioch College:
      Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.






  1. simple past tense and past participle of ashame