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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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As brave Americans fight and die for an unspecified Iraqi flag in "Operation Iraqi Freedom," Adams' shamefully ignored admonition has become a tragic prophecy.
Many sessions on hot topics were shamefully under-attended, simply because no one could find them or they had somehow been omitted from the program.
He shamefully tried to get Nasser Hussain to do it for him.
It is not simply that members of their race were treated shamefully in too many instances as they sought to serve their country.
It is shamefully embarrassing that bold initiative--which a bona fide move to denuclearize would be--has to come from outside government.
While fuel economy has been shamefully stagnant, some car companies are at least trying to better their environmental records.
Oeneus thus illustrates classical precepts about a common type of tragic figure: "quo quis superbus extulit sese altius, / hoc graviusille ac foedius subito ruit," "The higher a proud man raises himself, the harder and more shamefully he falls" (76-77).
Eisenhower was as fine a man as ever entered the White House, but he ducked McCarthyism and he avoided desegregation for a shamefully long time.
The play's protagonist Claire, a multimillionaire, visits her hometown after an absence of many years and offers the residents great wealth if they will kill one of their leading citizens, Alfred, who had betrayed Claire shamefully many years before.
By merely being in touch with reality, he appears shamefully out of touch with the fantasy life of his neighbours.
They were among those who shamefully voted against having a referendum debate despite the majority of people in this country being in favour.