noun Date: 1729 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: 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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