embarrassed

adjective
em·​bar·​rassed | \ im-ˈber-əst How to pronounce embarrassed (audio) , -ˈba-rəst\

Definition of embarrassed

: feeling or showing a state of self-conscious confusion and distress I've never been so embarrassed in my life. was too embarrassed to ask for help an embarrassed smile

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Other Words from embarrassed

embarrassedly \ im-​ˈber-​əst-​lē How to pronounce embarrassedly (audio) , -​ə-​səd-​lē ; -​ˈba-​rəst-​lē , -​rə-​səd-​ \ adverb
smiling embarrassedly

Examples of embarrassed in a Sentence

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My impression is that colleagues and friends are often too embarrassed to undertake the hard task of trying to intervene with people who are dealing with alcohol and drug abuse. New York Times, "Why Wouldn’t My Doctor Tell Me What Treatment to Get?," 10 July 2019 Oliver Darcy emails: Some reporters appeared embarrassed to have attended Monday night's goodbye party for Sarah Sanders. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Heart-breaking photo of dead migrants comes amid 'blackout on press access'," 26 June 2019 Nancy Kissinger turns up in the same Adolfo dress as two other women—but nobody looks embarrassed. Brian Dillon, The New Yorker, "Tseng Kwong Chi, an “Ambiguous Ambassador” to Life in America," 23 June 2019 Its Jewish author’s vigilant attention to the anti-Semitism perpetrated by both systems embarrassed Soviet apparatchiks for decades. The Economist, "Vasily Grossman, the greatest bard of the second world war," 7 June 2019 One of the leading advocates of this untested medical procedure was Cotton Mather, the Puritan preacher who had embarrassed... Mark Honigsbaum, WSJ, "The Founding Generation Also Had to Fight ‘Anti-Vaxxers’," 27 Apr. 2019 The Pacers were embarrassed for most of Wednesday night's game by the Atlanta Hawks, who led by 23 points in the third quarter. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers suffer another inexplicable loss," 28 Feb. 2018 Three hours later, an embarrassed and apologetic Jackman changed his handle and posted an explanation. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Ride with Wolverine? Hugh Jackman accidentally posts his Peloton screen name," 1 Mar. 2018 In fact, many European women are even embarrassed by shiny new bags. Tina Craig, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Shop for Vintage Bags," 5 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of embarrassed

1756, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jul 2019

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The first known use of embarrassed was in 1756

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