ashamed - embarrassed

ashamed - embarrassed
'ashamed'
If you are ashamed, you feel guilty because you believe you have done something wrong or unacceptable.

She had behaved badly and was ashamed.

They were ashamed to tell their people how they had been cheated.

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You say that someone is ashamed of something.

He felt ashamed of his selfishness.

It's nothing to be ashamed of.

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'embarrassed'
If you are embarrassed, you are upset because you think something makes you seem foolish.

The Belgian looked embarrassed.

She had been too embarrassed to ask her friends.

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You say that someone is embarrassed by something or embarrassed about it.

He seemed embarrassed by his brother's outburst.

I felt really embarrassed about it.

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Note that you do not say that someone is `embarrassed of' something.
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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • ashamed — a|shamed [ ə ʃeımd ] adjective ** feeling guilty or embarrassed because you have done something wrong, or think that you have not reached a standard that people expect: I regret the incident and am deeply ashamed and embarrassed. ashamed of: He s …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • ashamed */*/ — UK [əˈʃeɪmd] / US adjective feeling guilty or embarrassed because you have done something wrong, or think that you have not reached a standard that people expect I regret the incident and am deeply ashamed and embarrassed. ashamed of: He s… …   English dictionary

  • ashamed — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. abashed, embarrassed, mortified. See regret, humility.Ant., proud. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. embarrassed, shamed, chagrined, humiliated, mortified, abashed, discomfited, regretful, contrite,… …   English dictionary for students

  • ashamed — a|shamed S3 [əˈʃeımd] adj [not before noun] 1.) feeling embarrassed and guilty because of something you have done ashamed of/at ▪ I felt ashamed of the things I d said to him. be ashamed to do sth ▪ I m ashamed to admit that I ve never read any… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • embarrassed */ — UK [ɪmˈbærəst] / US [ɪmˈberəst] adjective Collocations: Embarrassed describes how you feel: I felt so embarrassed about my mistake. ♦ She looked embarrassed when she fell. Embarrassing describes things or situations that make you feel embarrassed …   English dictionary

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