Definition of embarrassment
1a : something that embarrasses the scandal was a major embarrassmentb : 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 embarrassmentb : 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.
Recent Examples of embarrassment from the Web
To him, the bike tax is an embarrassment to Oregon, whose biggest city — Portland — is routinely ranked among the nation’s top 10 biking cities by Bicycling magazine.
Other than more embarrassment, none of this is bad news for the city, at least not in the sense of a new blow.
Labeling a child obese can seem harsh, creating embarrassment, fear and guilt.
But, somewhat charmingly, the concept of embarrassment doesn’t exist here.
The Rangers lost 11-4 and were saved from total embarrassment by a three-run homer from Mike Napoli in the eighth and a solo shot by Delino DeShields in the ninth.
Ivanka Trump later tried to ease the senator's embarrassment by issuing her own tweet.
Now is the time to sit back, put your hands on your cartoon stomach, and let the embarrassment wash over you.
Citing emotional distress, embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish and lost wages, the suit seeks monetary damages, a jury trial and injunctive relief.
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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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