sense of shame


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sense of shame

An understanding and respect for propriety and morality.
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When she came to that part of the letter in which her family were mentioned in terms of such mortifying, yet merited reproach, her sense of shame was severe.
I avoided the creature; a certain sense of shame, and the remembrance of my former deed of cruelty, preventing me from physically abusing it.
Unless he was lost to all sense of shame he could not go back.
I fear I have not so much money with me, madame" she said, pale as death, for all sense of shame was lost in intense apprehension.
If you have any sense of shame in you,' she broke out, 'you ought to be ashamed of what you have just said
She is so conscious of his looking at her with a gloating admiration of the touch of anger on her, and the fire and animation it brings with it, that even as her spirit rises, it falls again, and she struggles with a sense of shame, affront, and fear, much as she did that night at the piano.
I threatened him, told him the inhumanity of such a proceeding, aroused his sense of shame, and came home resolved to do better before I took my work back to England.
I imagined I saw a mixture of many feelings: a great, though short struggle; half a wish of yielding to truths, half a sense of shame, but habit, habit carried it.
He was very willing to grant it, but the concession, as to his own case, was not made with any very oppressive sense of shame.
I would that I knew on whom he has the claim of birth: I might wring something from his sense of shame, if he were dead to every tie of nature.
The institution exists, perhaps, in its least repulsive and most mitigated form in such a town as this; but it IS slavery; and though I was, with respect to it, an innocent man, its presence filled me with a sense of shame and self-reproach.
Many a man would have even blazoned such irregularities as I was guilty of; but from the high views that I had set before me, I regarded and hid them with an almost morbid sense of shame.
And in addition, to keep himself in hand, he spoke to a young novice and, conquering his sense of shame, confessed his weakness to him, asking him to keep watch on him and not let him go anywhere except to service and to fulfil his duties.
Instead of showing any sense of shame, one of them, Michelle Mone, took to Twitter to defend her actions.
BILL SHAW, Newcastle Politics A MORALLY lacking game, Those that play it have to avoid any sense of shame, To get to the top they have to bend the rules, Deceit and false promises are their tools, They climb the ladder using political guile While cultivating the political handshake and false sickly smile And use the tricks of oratory to hoodwink and beguile, They exploit the weakness of others and use colleagues as stepping stones In their endeavours to attain political power: castles of sand; Ambitious fools, they reach the top encamped in an ivory tower Until another politician with a greater lack of shame Decides to play the morally lacking political game.