em·bar·rassed | \im-ˈber-əst, -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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embarrassedly \im-ˈber-əst-lē, -ə-səd-lē; -ˈba-rəst-lē, -rə-səd- \ adverb
smiling embarrassedly

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Seth MacFarlane said they were disgusted and embarrassed to work for a company affiliated with Fox News, which is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, following Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham’s recent remarks about border separations on the network. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Celebrities Slam Fox News' Coverage of Immigrant Border Separations," 19 June 2018 Tell the perpetrator that the other student felt embarrassed and offended, and that she is owed an apology. Amy Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Ask Amy: Adult education class leads to childish behavior," 13 Feb. 2018 Not everyone is made of money—something stylists understand all too well—so don’t be embarrassed to ask them what’s kosher. Megan Mcintyre, Glamour, "What No One Tells You About Tipping at the Hair Salon," 22 May 2018 But most men are embarrassed to ask questions about these procedures. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Depop, an app for vintage fashion sales, is opening a new retail and studio space in Silver Lake," 21 Mar. 2018 As the holy books show, true messengers of God are a wretched lot—baffled, overwhelmed, resentful, gloomy or embarrassed. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 His energy is arrogant and abrasive, and his young children appear both embarrassed and afraid. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How to Tap Into Your Own Psychic Abilities," 2 July 2018 The officers Hils represents should be embarrassed – especially those fine men and women who are parents. Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Police union leader's foot-in-mouth comments slap grieving Ron Plush in face," 12 June 2018 And if their vision of the U.S. Constitution turns out to overlap with the political commitments of the right-wing of the Republican Party, movement judges are not particularly embarrassed. Cass Sunstein, star-telegram, "Does Trump's Supreme Court nominee have a personal political agenda?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of embarrassed

1756, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of embarrassed was in 1756

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evasion of direct action or statement

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