shameful [adj] atrocious; disreputable base, carnal, contemptible, corrupt, dastardly, debauched, degrading, diabolical, disgraceful, dishonorable, drunken, embarrassing, flagrant, heinous, humiliating, ignominious, immodest, immoral, impure, indecent, infamous, intemperate, lewd, low, mean, mortifying, notorious, obscene, opprobrious, outrageous, profligate, reprehensible, reprobate, ribald, scandalous, shaming, shocking, sinful, unbecoming, unclean, unworthy, vile, villainous, vulgar, wicked; concepts 401,545,571 —Ant. good, reputable, respectable

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  • Shameful — Shame ful, a. 1. Bringing shame or disgrace; injurious to reputation; disgraceful. [1913 Webster] His naval preparations were not more surprising than his quick and shameful retreat. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 2. Exciting the feeling of shame in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shameful — index arrant (onerous), contemptible, depraved, diffident, disgraceful, disreputable, gross (flagrant …   Law dictionary

  • shameful — (adj.) O.E. scemful modest; see SHAME (Cf. shame) + FUL (Cf. ful). Meaning disgraceful, causing shame is from early 14c. Related: Shamefully; shamefulness …   Etymology dictionary

  • shameful — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ worthy of or causing shame. DERIVATIVES shamefully adverb shamefulness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • shameful — [shāmfəl] adj. 1. bringing or causing shame or disgrace; disgraceful 2. not just, moral, or decent; offensive shamefully adv. shamefulness n …   English World dictionary

  • shameful — adj. 1) shameful to + inf. (it was shameful of them to surrender) 2) shameful that + clause (it was shameful that they surrendered) * * * [ ʃeɪmf(ə)l] shameful to + inf. (it was shameful of them to surrender) shameful that + clause (it was… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • shameful — shame|ful [ˈʃeımfəl] adj shameful behaviour or actions are so bad that someone should feel ashamed ▪ It s shameful the way some people treat their pets. ▪ a shameful family secret >shamefully adv >shamefulness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shameful — adjective shameful behaviour is so bad that people think you should be ashamed of it: It s shameful the way some people treat their pets. | a shameful family secret shamefully adverb shamefulness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • shameful — shamefully, adv. shamefulness, n. /shaym feuhl/, adj. 1. causing shame: shameful behavior. 2. disgraceful or scandalous: shameful treatment. [bef. 950; ME; OE scamful. See SHAME, FUL] Syn. 1. mortifying, humiliating. 2. dishonorable, ignominious …   Universalium

  • shameful — [[t]ʃe͟ɪmfʊl[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a person s action or attitude as shameful, you think that it is so bad that the person ought to be ashamed. ...the most shameful episode in US naval history. Derived words: shamefully ADV …   English dictionary

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