embarrassment

noun

em·​bar·​rass·​ment im-ˈber-əs-mənt How to pronounce embarrassment (audio)
-ˈba-rəs-
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

She couldn't hide her embarrassment. The scandal was a major embarrassment for the government. He's an embarrassment to his family.
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Word History

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of embarrassment was in 1676

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Cite this Entry

“Embarrassment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embarrassment. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

embarrassment

noun
em·​bar·​rass·​ment im-ˈbar-əs-mənt How to pronounce embarrassment (audio)
1
a
: something that embarrasses
the scandal was a terrible embarrassment
b
: an overly large quantity from which to select
used especially in the phrase embarrassment of riches
2
: the state of being embarrassed
blushed with embarrassment

Medical Definition

embarrassment

noun
em·​bar·​rass·​ment im-ˈbar-ə-smənt How to pronounce embarrassment (audio)
: difficulty in functioning as a result of disease
cardiac embarrassment
respiratory embarrassment

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