Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Causing shame; disgraceful.
  • adj. Giving offense; indecent.
  • adj. Archaic Full of shame; ashamed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. causing or meriting shame or disgrace; disgraceful
  • adj. giving offense

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bringing shame or disgrace; injurious to reputation; disgraceful.
  • adj. Exciting the feeling of shame in others; indecent

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Modest; shamefaced.
  • Full of shame; tinged or permeated with a feeling of shame.
  • That brings or ought to bring or put to shame; disgraceful; scandalous; as, shameful conduct.
  • Synonyms Dishonorable, disreputable, outrageous, villainous, heinous, nefarious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
  • adj. giving offense to moral sensibilities and injurious to reputation

Etymologies

shame +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Tonight, we're reporting on the president's blistering attack on what he calls shameful bonuses on Wall Street.

    CNN Transcript Jan 29, 2009

  • Police say only a small number are indulging in what they call shameful behavior.

    CNN Transcript Jan 24, 2005

  • He went on to give an emotional, blistering indictment of the Democrats and Republicans, both parties, for what he described as a shameful attempt, in his words, to conduct a shameless -- to walk -- let me get this quote right.

    CNN Transcript Mar 18, 2005

  • The groups want Miyazawa to urge his guest formally to retract what they call the shameful "honorary white" label.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Phyllis was for one hour haughty and unforgiving over what she called his shameful neglect and, for another, in a fever of unrest to see him.

    Crittenden A Kentucky Story of Love and War

  • He added a hash tag to his tweet with the word "shameful."

    CNN.com

  • The move came after after an ill-tempered Scottish Cup replay at Celtic Park on Wednesday which he described as "shameful".

    BBC News - Home

  • The only thing shameful is the colossal failure of this weak president, his corrupt administration and the disgraceful democratic congress. gt

    DNC calls GOP fundraising letter 'shameful'

  • What IS shameful is that too many people will support any kinda foolishness to soothe the gulps of hatefulness many often swallow in non-support of this administration.

    DNC calls GOP fundraising letter 'shameful'

  • Also shameful is that the un-named person did not get a chance to check out the hot firemen cus she was too busy being harassed for ALMOST starting a fire.

    The fire alarm

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