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embarrassment

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of embarrassment

  1. 1 the emotional state of being made self-consciously uncomfortable <experienced the great embarrassment of tripping while on stage> Synonyms abashment, confusion, discomfiture, disconcertment, fluster, mortification Related Words agitation, bother, chagrin, discomfort, discomposure, dismay, disquiet, distress, disturbance, perturbation, unease, uneasiness, upset; disgrace, ignominy, shame; debasement, degradation, humiliation, mortification; humble pie Phrases egg on one's face Near Antonyms aplomb, assurance, composure, confidence, coolness, equanimity, poise, self-assurance, self-confidence, self-possession

  2. 2 something that makes movement or progress difficult <a big suitcase filled with clothes proved to be more an embarrassment than a convenience on my trip> Synonyms balk, bar, block, chain, clog, cramp, crimp, deterrent, drag, encumbrance, fetter, handicap, hindrance, holdback, hurdle, impediment, inhibition, interference, let, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, shackles, stop, stumbling block, trammelRelated Words catch, hitch, rub, snag; barrier, blockade, blockage, brick wall, stone wall; arrest, bit, brake, check, constraint, curb, hobble, rein, restraint; embargo, stoppage; delay, holdup, stall; burden, cumber, load; danger, hazard, peril, reef; adversity, difficulty, disadvantage, drawback, hardshipNear Antonyms catalyst, goad, impetus, incentive, spur, stimulant, stimulus; advantage, break, edge; aid, assistance, benefit, boost, handmaiden (also handmaid), help





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