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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An anonymous missive may not make its point, and will most likely leave the target feeling embarrassed and alienated. Rob Walker, The Seattle Times, "When a co-worker is driving you crazy," 6 Aug. 2018 We are conditioned to feel ashamed or embarrassed about certain parts of ourselves. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Gives Speech About Body Image at Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Summit," 11 Nov. 2018 We are conditioned to feel ashamed or embarrassed about certain parts of ourselves. Glamour, "If You've Ever Struggled With Body Image, Lili Reinhart Has a Message for You," 11 Nov. 2018 This probably comes from not knowing what to say to his friend and feeling embarrassed about that. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "There are exceptions to the ‘leave-him-to-it rule’," 14 Aug. 2018 The first are supporters of Trump, the celebrity-king who’s survived bedlam, bankruptcy, and scandal that would have wiped out, or at least embarrassed, mere mortals. Max Abelson, Bloomberg.com, "Call Him Mr. Impeachment: Tom Steyer’s War Against Donald Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 Zaire fell to two first half strikes but were, by all accounts, not embarrassed against a team featuring Kenny Dalglish, Denis Law and Billy Bremner. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 11 Weeks to Go - Broken Promises, a Dictator & the Tragedy of Zaire 1974," 7 Apr. 2018 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

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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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to make faulty or ineffective

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