Definition for A-SHAM-ED

A-SHAM-ED, a. [from Sax. gescamian or ascamian, to be ashamed, to blush, from scama, shame; originally a participle. See Shame.]

  1. Affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt or a conviction of some criminal action or indecorous conduct, or by the exposure of some gross errors or misconduct, which the person is conscious must be wrong, and which tends to impair his honor or reputation. It is followed by of. Thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed. Ex. xvi. Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel. Hosea xx.
  2. Confused by a consciousness of guilt or of inferiority, by the mortification of pride, by failure or disappointment. They shall be greatly ashamed that trust in images. Isa. xlii. [This adjective always follows its noun.]

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