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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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He finds Washington's theology "predictably meager," but Lincoln's exploration of the nature of providence put to shame even the leading religious thinkers of his day.
And all three of us agree we are put to shame by 71-year-old David Bucknall.
Veterans Echo and the Bunnymen appear to have found some sort of elixir of youth - the fortysomethings put to shame bands half their ages, rampaging through their glittering back catalogue with the gritty edge they're known for.
By organising a transparent election within the party, Plaid put to shame those who are happy to carry on in the old, unsatisfactory ways.
The technology is there and we are being put to shame by cricket and rugby, who use the technology sparingly and wisely.
He said: "The standard this year is the highest yet and many of the performers put to shame acts who get to the X Factor live finals.
11, where Paul announces "No one will be put to shame.
And the marvelously polished dancing of the SAB students (rehearsed by Olga Kostritzky and Garielle Whittle) put to shame the poorly rehearsed and miscast company production of the Balanchine masterwork Episodes.
That is why certain schools, churches and even power stations can survive from one century to another, examples of creative adaptation which put to shame the flotsam and jetsam which too often surrounds us.
But all these are put to shame by one company we calculated had a staggering 126 people at the event--7% of attendees.
Throughout the years, WEP has been put to shame by a series of independent studies from various academic and commercial institutions that have shown that an intruder equipped with the proper tools and a moderate amount of technical know-how can gain unauthorized access to a WLAN, even with WEP enabled.