verb Etymology: French embarrasser, from Spanish embarazar, from Portuguese embaraçar, from em- (from Latin in-) + baraça noose Date: 1672 transitive verb 1. a. to place in doubt, perplexity, or difficulties b. to involve in financial difficulties c. to cause to experience a state of self-conscious distress <
bawdy stories embarrassed him
2. a. to hamper the movement of b. hinder, impede 3. to make intricate ; complicate 4. to impair the activity of (a bodily function) or the function of (a bodily part) <
digestion embarrassed by overeating
intransitive verb to become anxiously self-conscious <
he embarrasses easily
embarrassable adjective Synonyms: embarrass, discomfit, abash, disconcert, rattle mean to distress by confusing or confounding. embarrass implies some influence that impedes thought, speech, or action <
embarrassed to admit that she liked the movie
. 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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