Definition of abash
: to destroy the self-possession or self-confidence of (someone) : disconcert He had never blushed in his life; no humiliation could abash him. — Charlotte Brontë
Examples of abash in a Sentence
felt terribly abashed when she walked into the wrong hotel room
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Peverelli seemed slightly abashed at the images’ potential elevation from commerce to art.
But there is also a sort of confused, abashed one, often ironic, that acknowledges a problem and tries to work through a particularly American obliviousness.
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Origin and Etymology of abash
Middle English abaissen, abaschen “to lose one's composure,” borrowed from Anglo-French abaiss-, stem of abair “to open wide, gape, be amazed,” alteration (by prefix substitution) of esbaer (Continental Old French esbahir), from es- “out” (going back to Latin ex-) + baer “to open wide, gape,” going back to Vulgar Latin *batāre — more at 1ex-, abeyance
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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