—n. 1. the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another: She was overcome with shame. 2. susceptibility to this feeling: to be without shame. 3. disgrace; ignominy: His actions brought shame upon his parents. 4. a fact or circumstance bringing disgrace or regret: The bankruptcy of the business was a shame. It was a shame you couldn't come with us. 5. for shame! you should feel ashamed!: What a thing to say to your mother! For shame! 6. put to shame, a. to cause to suffer shame or disgrace.
b. to outdo; surpass: She played so well she put all the other tennis players to shame.
—v.t. 1. to cause to feel shame; make ashamed: His cowardice shamed him. 2. to drive, force, etc., through shame: He shamed her into going. 3. to cover with ignominy or reproach; disgrace.