be ashamed to do something

to fail to do something, or not want to do it, because it would make you feel guilty or embarrassed

He was ashamed to tell his family what had happened.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • be ashamed to do something — phrase to fail to do something, or not want to do it, because it would make you feel guilty or embarrassed He was ashamed to tell his family what had happened. Thesaurus: to be, or to become ashamed or embarrassedsynonym Main entry: ashamed …   Useful english dictionary

  • ashamed — a|shamed [ ə ʃeımd ] adjective ** feeling guilty or embarrassed because you have done something wrong, or think that you have not reached a standard that people expect: I regret the incident and am deeply ashamed and embarrassed. ashamed of: He s …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ashamed */*/ — UK [əˈʃeɪmd] / US adjective feeling guilty or embarrassed because you have done something wrong, or think that you have not reached a standard that people expect I regret the incident and am deeply ashamed and embarrassed. ashamed of: He s… …   English dictionary

  • ashamed — [[t]əʃe͟ɪmd[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ, usu ADJ of/about n, ADJ that If someone is ashamed, they feel embarrassed or guilty because of something they do or they have done, or because of their appearance. I felt incredibly ashamed of myself… …   English dictionary

  • ashamed - embarrassed — ◊ ashamed If you are ashamed, you feel guilty because you believe you have done something wrong or unacceptable. She had behaved badly and was ashamed. They were ashamed to tell their people how they had been cheated. You say that someone is… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ashamed — ashamed, mortified, chagrined mean acutely or manifestly conscious of embarrassment and humiliation. One is ashamed whose embarrassment and humiliation are mixed sometimes with a sense of guilt and always with the awareness of being discredited… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ashamed — [ə shāmd′] adj. [ME < OE asceamod, pp. of ascamian, to be ashamed < a , A 2 + scamian < scamu, SHAME] 1. feeling shame because something bad, wrong, or foolish was done 2. feeling humiliated or embarrassed, as from a sense of inadequacy… …   English World dictionary

  • Something's got to give — est un film américain inachevé de George Cukor débuté en 1962. Il appartient aux œuvres cinématographiques inachevées les plus célèbres de l Histoire du cinéma en raison des problèmes posés par les absences répétées de son icône Marilyn Monroe… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Something's Got to Give — est un film américain inachevé de George Cukor débuté en 1962. Il appartient aux œuvres cinématographiques inachevées les plus célèbres de l Histoire du cinéma en raison des problèmes posés par les absences répétées de son actrice Marilyn Monroe… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • ashamed — adjective (not before noun) 1 feeling shame because of something you have done: be ashamed of doing sth: I was ashamed of having lied to my mother. | be ashamed that: Barry was ashamed that he had lost his temper. | You ought to be ashamed (of… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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