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
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
: 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
- She couldn't hide her embarrassment.
- The scandal was a major embarrassment for the government.
- He's an embarrassment to his family.
First Known Use of EMBARRASSMENT
: something that causes a person or group to feel foolish <The poor test scores were an embarrassment to the school.>
: the condition of feeling foolish in front of others <I couldn't hide my embarrassment over the mistake.>
: difficulty in functioning as a result of disease <cardiac embarrassment> <respiratory embarrassment>
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