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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 then immediately displays both an aversion and a phallic shamelessness toward her: "No dear mother, there's metal more attractive here"(III.
Egyptian delegate Aly Omar Sirry characterized those comments as "demonstrating the full meaning of the world chutzpah" - a Hebrew world for blatant shamelessness.
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For the moment, all eyes will be on the failure of the Democratic Party, once again, to overcome the money, shamelessness, and mastery of political mechanics of the Republicans.
Gaston Calmette, editor of Le Figaro, wrote, "We have had a faun, incontinent, with vile movements of erotic bestiality and gestures of heavy shamelessness.
The odd-couple cop flick is nothing new, but Bon Cop, Bad Cop copies from the Lethal Weapon franchise with a shamelessness that would make a Chinese software manufacturer blush.
He added: 'Labour's shamelessness on this issue is breathtaking.
173) even when he is discussing Cynic sexual shamelessness in explicit terms.
You can hardly blame Darcus for making the best of the situation, but I prefer Joan with her up front greedy grasping shamelessness.
There is a modern tendency to admire such shamelessness and to assume that it is a sort of morality.
But on January 20, 1973, just weeks after the massive Christmastime bombing of North Vietnam, Nixon spoke with notable shamelessness, laying claim to the mantle of peacemaker: "Let us be proud that by our bold, new initiatives, and by our steadfastness for peace with honor, we have made a breakthrough toward creating in the world what the world has not known before--a structure of peace that can last, not merely for our time but for generations to come.
The publicly financed stadium boom of the last 15 years may be drawing to a merciful close, but the Nationals' history of mendacity is a textbook case of billionaire shamelessness that could inflict serious damage for years to come on a city that can hardly afford it.