2016年3月2日 星期三

shameful, shameless hussy, put sb to shame

Obama Calls Wall Street Bonuses ‘Shameful’

The president criticized bankers for giving themselves $18.4 billion in bonuses as the government was rescuing firms.
歐巴馬總統29日重話批評華爾街,怒責華爾街與銀行的高級主管在經濟發生嚴重危機、政府斥資數千億元挽救金融市場之際,竟領取多達184億元的巨額紅利。他說,此種行徑「可恥」(shameful)、「駭人聽聞」、「極不負責」,大金融公司的老闆必須與



Madoff: I am painfully aware that I have deeply hurt many, many people, including the members of my family, my closest friends, business associates and the thousands of clients who gave me their money.
Translation: I am painfully aware that my name will serve as a metaphor for financial crime for decades after my death. Of course, I did put Charles Ponzi to shame with the size of my scheme.

put sb to shame
to make someone feel ashamed:
It puts me to shame that I still haven't replied to David's letter.

shame (BAD FEELING) Show phonetics
noun [U]
1 an uncomfortable feeling of guilt or of being ashamed because of your own or someone else's bad behaviour:
He said he felt no shame for what he had done.
The children hung/bowed their heads in shame.
The shame of the scandal was so great that he shot himself a few weeks later.
You can't go out dressed like that - have you no shame (= don't you feel ashamed about being dressed like that)?

2 loss of honour and respect:
He thinks there's great shame in being out of work and unable to provide for his family.
In some societies, if a woman leaves her husband, it brings shame on her and her family.

shame 
exclamation
used to express disapproval of something that a public speaker is saying:
To cries of 'Shame!', the minister announced that taxes were being increased.

shame
verb [T]
1 to make someone feel ashamed, or to make someone or something lose honour and respect:
It shames me that I treated her so badly.
The behaviour of a few children has shamed the whole school.

2 shame sb into/out of sth to cause someone to do or not to do something by making them feel ashamed:
[+ ing form of verb] The number of people out of work has shamed the government into taking action to prevent further job losses.

shameful 
adjective DISAPPROVING
deserving blame, or being a reason for feeling ashamed:
I couldn't see anything shameful in what I had done.
The crime figures are shameful.
The family kept their shameful secret for years.

shamefully Show phonetics
adverb DISAPPROVING
Both of you have behaved shamefully.
The children had been shamefully neglected.

shamefulness Show phonetics
noun [U] DISAPPROVING

shameless Show phonetics
adjective DISAPPROVING
1 not ashamed, especially about something generally considered unacceptable:
She is quite shameless about her ambition.
They seem to have a shameless disregard for truth.

2 behaving in a way intended to attract sexual interest, without feeling ashamed about it:
She's a shameless hussy.

shamelessly Show phonetics
adverb DISAPPROVING
The government has shamelessly abandoned its principles.
She's shamelessly having an affair with her friend's husband.

shamelessness Show phonetics
noun [U] DISAPPROVING



hussy Show phonetics
noun [C] HUMOROUS
a woman or girl who is sexually immoral:
"You asked him out? Oh, you brazen/shameless hussy, you!"

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