embarrassment

noun em·bar·rass·ment \ im-ˈber-ə-smənt , -ˈba-rəs- \

Definition of embarrassment

1 a :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 as
a :confusion or disturbance of mind
  • couldn't hide her embarrassment
b :difficulty arising from the want of money to pay debts
c :difficulty in functioning as a result of disease
  • cardiac embarrassment

Examples of embarrassment in a Sentence

  1. She couldn't hide her embarrassment.

  2. The scandal was a major embarrassment for the government.

  3. He's an embarrassment to his family.

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First Known Use of embarrassment

1676



EMBARRASSMENT Defined for English Language Learners

embarrassment

noun

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

embarrassment

noun em·bar·rass·ment \ im-ˈber-əs-mənt \

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 Dictionary

embarrassment

noun em·bar·rass·ment \ im-ˈbar-ə-smənt \

medical Definition of embarrassment

:difficulty in functioning as a result of disease
  • cardiac embarrassment
  • respiratory embarrassment


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