sense of shame


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have no sense of shame

To have no respect or consideration for the standards of morality, propriety, or human decency expected of one. So, you're telling me that you knowingly defrauded thousands of elderly pensioners just so you could buy a second yacht? Have you no sense of shame? You really can't have a sense of shame to work in that industry.
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sense of shame

An understanding and respect for propriety and morality.
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And, to the men who mete out the violence and know in their hearts it is wrong, a special helpline has been set up for them too if they have the self-discipline, willpower or just sense of shame to confront their wrongdoing.
I am no shrinking violet, but I felt a deep sense of shame and revulsion at this display.
Her study suggests that one of the key steps to overcoming a profound sense of shame is making connections, be it with family and friends, a higher power, or humanity as a whole.
Incestuous relationships have long been considered the last taboo - something rarely discussed in the open, and then only with a strong sense of shame.
I HAD mixed feelings of huge pride and a niggling sense of shame on Wednesday, the day Nuneaton was called upon to honour a three-minute silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the recent tsunami disaster.
Events of the past seven days have added a veneer of farce to the sense of shame that our players should be asked to tour this blighted country.
AM I alone in feeling a sense of shame at being associated with correspondence in the Daily Post simply by being a Welsh speaking Welshman?
Watching the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, I find it impossible to cleanse myself of the sense of shame over the First Minister's decision not to attend the ceremonies in France, along with all other world leaders.
It's too much to hope that when the fat lobby reads the new statistics, they will be struck by a sense of shame.
For them, there is a strong sense of shame if you are asked to do something and you fail.'
"Any sense of shame can hold someone back from seeking medical help, so it's hugely important we change our attitudes towards lung cancer."
Whether Mr Parry-Jones himself has any sense of shame or responsibility, the council leaders are guilty of dereliction of duty in allowing such a disgraceful state of affairs to continue for so long.
Like the French aristocrats isolated inVersailles before the French Revolution they don't have any sense of shame and have lost any sense of moral compass.
I know it's not unusual in any part of the country these days, but really do people have no sense of shame? I remember when people used to walk around town at night not frightened that some drunk person would start a fight with them.
For far too long the media headlines that have followed this troublesome young man have brought a sense of shame not only to the football club and its loyal band of followers, but also to our city and its wonderful sporting traditions.