What is another word for sense of shame?

Pronunciation: [sˈɛns ɒv ʃˈe͡ɪm] (IPA)

Synonyms for "sense of shame" include embarrassment, guilt, mortification, humiliation, disgrace, remorse, chagrin, ignominy, dishonor, and infamy. These words all refer to the negative emotions that one feels when they have done something wrong or have been perceived as doing something wrong. Although the intensity of these feelings can vary from person to person and situation to situation, they all share a common thread of feeling ashamed of oneself for some reason. A sense of shame can be crippling and debilitating, leading to low self-esteem and self-worth. However, it can also serve as a motivator to change one's behavior and make amends for past mistakes.

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Famous quotes with Sense of shame

  • If we have anything kind to say, any tender sentiment to express, we feel a sense of shame.
    Ugo Betti
  • I don't think closeted homosexual morticians have the market cornered on self-loathing or sense of shame.
    Michael C. Hall
  • Park women, properly so called, are those degraded creatures, utterly lost to all sense of shame, who wander about the paths most frequented after nightfall in the Parks, and consent to any species of humiliation for the sake of acquiring a few shillings.
    Henry Mayhew
  • Men often speak of virtue without using the word but saying instead "the quality of life" or "the great society" or "ethical" or even "square." But do we know what virtue is? Socrates arrived at the conclusion that it is the greatest good for a human being to make everyday speeches about virtue-apparently without ever finding a completely satisfactory definition of it. However, if we seek the most elaborate and least ambiguous answer to this truly vital question, we shall turn to Aristotle's . There we read among other things that there is a virtue of the first order called magnanimity—the habit of claiming high honors for oneself with the understanding that one is worthy of them. We also read there that sense of shame is not a virtue: sense of shame is becoming for the young who, due to their immaturity, cannot help making mistakes, but not for mature and well-bred men who simply always do the right and proper thing. Wonderful as all this is-we have received a very different message from a very different quarter.
  • Intellect had run up against emotion. My conscience told me to run, yet some irrational and powerful force was resisting, like a weight pushing me toward the war. What it came to, stupidly, was a sense of shame. Hot, stupid shame. I did not want people to think badly of me.
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