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Shame

 

the feeling experienced by a person when he has committed an immoral act or one demeaning to human dignity. The kinds of action that evoke a feeling of shame are determined by social and historical conditions and by evolving ethical norms. Shame is experienced as painful anxiety, dissatisfaction with one’s self, censure of one’s own behavior, and regret over one’s action. A person may feel ashamed over unworthy behavior on the part of others, especially of persons one is close to. Shame is also experienced when one recalls a humiliating act committed in the past. The feeling of shame may be accompanied by discernible somatic symptoms, such as blushing or a lowering of the eyes.

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I perpetually suffered the ' ignominy and upset of my artwork never being selected for The Gallery
I doubt the boxer suffered the same ignominy - the fact that your brother once went to karate was usually enough to put the majority of school bullies on the back foot, so he was probably untouchable.
As if the ignominy of crashing out of the tournament was not enough, France's shamed squad will face the wrath of president Nicolas Sarkozy too.
He wrapped up the fourth set tie break 7-1 and galloped through the decider in double quick time, avoiding the ignominy of being the first Wimbledon champion to fall at the first hurdle since Lleyton Hewitt in 2003.
But the prep ended in ignominy as Tony McCoy, riding Denman for the first time, was unseated three fences from home.
RONALDINHO'S slide from greatness to ignominy is now complete after he took stick from Celtic flop Massimo Donati.
Chelsea had to suffer the ignominy of ending the season empty-handed after being on the verge of triumphing at home and abroad and Drogba admits he started to lose interest in the sport.
Before his death in 1998, there would be occasional reports about Cleaver, each one less flattering as he slowly spun into a web of ignominy.
Before too long he fell out with Craig Bellamy and a deeply disappointing season ended in ignominy in April with an FA Cup semi-final thrashing by Manchester United and the on-pitch punch-up between Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer.
Down three games with nine to play, confronting the ignominy of carrying an ``overpaid underachievers'' label into baseball history, they made a mad sprint to the finish.
Herefordshire suffered the ignominy of becoming Dorset's first Championship victims for four years as the West Country team launched a successful run chase to end a rain-affected encounter.
Final ignominy for what little remains of the car is for it to be dropped into the back of a truck for the journey to a hammer mill, where the metal is sorted and unceremoniously shredded into palm-size pieces for recycling as raw material.