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embarrass

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1 to throw into a state of self-conscious distress
  • The modest young soldier was embarrassed by the public praise for his heroism.
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2 to create difficulty for the work or activity of
  • A lot of this paperwork is unnecessary and just embarrasses the organization.
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cramp one's style, give a hard time

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3 to make complex or difficult
  • He claims that the new government regulations will needlessly embarrass the operations of small businesses in the state.
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embarrass, discomfit, abash, disconcert, rattle mean to distress by confusing or confounding. embarrass implies some influence that impedes thought, speech, or action.
    • The question embarrassed her so much she couldn't answer
discomfit implies a hampering or frustrating accompanied by confusion.
    • Hecklers discomfited the speaker
abash presupposes some initial self-confidence that receives a sudden check, producing shyness, shame, or a feeling of inferiority.
    • abashed by her swift and cutting retort
disconcert implies an upsetting of equanimity or assurance producing uncertainty or hesitancy.
    • disconcerted by finding so many in attendance
rattle implies an agitation that impairs thought and judgment.
    • rattled by all the television cameras


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