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However, he succeeded in shaming the child out of these thoughts.

I drove the thought from me, but it came again and again, shaming me and yet fastening on me.

She was fair terrified of them turning Maori and shaming their father.

Of the shaming of Kunnewaaré; and of the death of the Red Knight.

Farewell, farewell; we will not know you for shaming of you.

I was only shaming her a little, because she sat there crying just like a great baby.

Shaming not her prototype, she stood before us, the vision of all that we had anticipated.

The harshness, Paul knew, was calculated, in the hope of changing her mind by shaming her.

Every eye was on him and again the floor thundered, shaming her, flattering him.

We talked about meddling women, but the truth was that they were shaming us by doing what they could.


Old English scamu, sceomu "feeling of guilt or disgrace; confusion caused by shame; disgrace, dishonor, insult, loss of esteem or reputation; shameful circumstance, what brings disgrace; modesty; private parts," from Proto-Germanic *skamo (cf. Old Saxon skama, Old Norse skömm, Swedish skam, Old Frisian scome, Dutch schaamte, Old High German scama, German Scham). The best guess is that this is from PIE *skem-, from *kem- "to cover" (covering oneself being a common expression of shame).

Until modern times English had a productive duplicate form in shand. An Old Norse word for it was kinnroði, literally "cheek-redness," hence, "blush of shame." Greek distinguished shame in the bad sense of "disgrace, dishonor" (aiskhyne) from shame in the good sense of "modesty, bashfulness" (aidos). To put (someone or something) to shame is mid-13c. Shame culture attested by 1947.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.