embarrassing

adjective
em·​bar·​rass·​ing | \ im-ˈber-ə-siŋ How to pronounce embarrassing (audio) , -ˈba-rə-\

Definition of embarrassing

: causing a feeling of self-conscious confusion and distress : causing embarrassment an embarrassing error The official was ever so polite, and ever so sorry, but the rule was strict, and he could not let us in. It was very embarrassing, for many eyes were on us.— Mark Twain

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Other Words from embarrassing

embarrassingly \ im-​ˈber-​ə-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce embarrassingly (audio) , -​ˈba-​rə-​ \ adverb
an embarrassingly messy house

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But instead of acknowledging his mistake, Giuliani concocted an evidence-free conspiracy theory to explain the embarrassing episode. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Trump’s social media conspiracy theory, briefly debunked," 18 Dec. 2018 The announcement came as Salazar, who is hoping to join a wave of challengers toppling establishment Democrats, has faced scrutiny over embarrassing episodes in her past and intense criticism for misrepresenting elements of her biography. Karen Matthews, The Seattle Times, "NY candidate: Netanyahu spokesman sexually assaulted me," 11 Sep. 2018 The ultimate goal is to get a hold of compromising or embarrassing information that can be used as a bargaining chip or to discredit an individual’s character or motives. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 The political spin doctors were out in full force Wednesday, as Republicans licked their wounds from an embarrassing loss and Democrats bellowed with confidence after winning a Pennsylvania district that Donald Trump took by 20 points in 2016. Astead W. Herndon, BostonGlobe.com, "First, it looked like a Democratic wave. Now, it looks like a tsunami," 14 Mar. 2018 That same year, another fateful event happened across the country, when a rising star in the Nazi party named Adolf Hitler suffered an embarrassing defeat in Munich as his Beer Hall Putch uprising was foiled by local authorities. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Since The Voice first premiered in 2011, there have been plenty of uncomfortable moments and embarrassing blunders. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Are All Convinced This Contestant Looks Like Miranda Lambert," 16 Mar. 2019 Money Talks Experts on how to turn an embarrassing question into a teachable moment. John Brodie, Town & Country, "How to Talk to Your Children About Money," 29 Jan. 2019 By keeping celebrities’ embarrassing secrets, the company was able to ingratiate itself with them and ask for favors in return. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of embarrassing

1778, in the meaning defined above

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