Definition of embarrassment
1a : something that embarrasses <the scandal was a major embarrassment>b : an excessive quantity from which to select —used especially in the phrase embarrassment of riches
2 : the state of being embarrassed: such asa : confusion or disturbance of mind <couldn't hide her embarrassment>b : difficulty arising from the want of money to pay debtsc : difficulty in functioning as a result of disease <cardiac embarrassment>
Examples of embarrassment in a sentence
She couldn't hide her embarrassment.
The scandal was a major embarrassment for the government.
He's an embarrassment to his family.
First Known Use of embarrassment
EMBARRASSMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of embarrassment for English Language Learners
: the state of feeling foolish in front of others
: something or someone that causes a person or group to look or feel foolish
: a very large number of things from which to choose
EMBARRASSMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of embarrassment for Students
1 : something that causes a person or group to feel foolish <The poor test scores were an embarrassment to the school.>
2 : the condition of feeling foolish in front of others <I couldn't hide my embarrassment over the mistake.>
Medical Definition of embarrassment
: difficulty in functioning as a result of disease <cardiac embarrassment> <respiratory embarrassment>
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