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embarrassment

noun em·bar·rass·ment \im-ˈber-ə-smənt, -ˈba-rəs-\

: the state of feeling foolish in front of others

: something or someone that causes a person or group to look or feel foolish

: a very large number of things from which to choose

Full Definition of EMBARRASSMENT

1
a :  something that embarrasses <the scandal was a major embarrassment>
b :  an excessive quantity from which to select —used especially in the phrase embarrassment of riches
2
:  the state of being embarrassed: as
a :  confusion or disturbance of mind <couldn't hide her embarrassment>
b :  difficulty arising from the want of money to pay debts
c :  difficulty in functioning as a result of disease <cardiac embarrassment>

Examples of EMBARRASSMENT

  1. She couldn't hide her embarrassment.
  2. The scandal was a major embarrassment for the government.
  3. He's an embarrassment to his family.

First Known Use of EMBARRASSMENT

1729

embarrassment

noun em·bar·rass·ment \im-ˈbar-ə-smənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EMBARRASSMENT

:  difficulty in functioning as a result of disease <cardiac embarrassment> <respiratory embarrassment>

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