Definition of 'embarrass'


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1. transitive to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely; to disconcert; to abash

2. cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious

3. To perplex mentally; confuse the thoughts or perceptions of; discompose; disconcert; abash: as, an abrupt address may embarrass a young lady.

4. To hamper or impede as with entanglements; encumber; render intricate or difficult; beset with difficulties; confuse or perplex, as conflicting circumstances, pecuniary complications, etc.: as, public affairs are embarrassed; want of order tends to embarrass business; the merchant is embarrassed by the unfavorable state of the market, or by his liabilities.

5. Embarrass, Puzzle, Perplex. To embarrass, literally, is to bar one's way, to impede one's progress in a particular direction, to hamper one's actions; hence, to make it difficult for one to know what is best to be done; also, to confuse or disconcert one so that one has not for a time one's usual judgment or presence of mind. To puzzle, literally, is to pose or give a hard question to, to put into a state of uncertainty where decision is difficult or impossible; it applies equally to opinion and to conduct. To perplex, literally, is to inclose, as in the meshes of a net, to entangle one's judgment so that one is at a loss what to think or how to act. Embarrass expresses most of uncomfortable feeling and mental confusion.

6. Synonyms To hinder, impede, obstruct, harass, distress, clog, hamper.

7. Archaic To involve in or hamper with financial difficulties.

8. To hinder with obstacles or difficulties; impede.

9. To cause to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; disconcert.

10. (Com.) To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to incumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands; -- said of a person or his affairs.

11. To hinder from freedom of thought, speech, or action by something which impedes or confuses mental action; to make (a person) unpleasantly self-conscious; to perplex; to discompose; to disconcert.

12. To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct


1. But dads are supposed to be a bit embarrassing.

2. I had to make the most embarrassing call to the ambulance service at 7am.

3. It's a bit embarrassing really, supposedly being a creative person and yet having no feel for either music or painting.

4. Feeling a bit embarrassed, I went to the kitchen to make myself some supper.

5. He drinks too much at dinner and makes an embarrassing comment in their company.

6. Then direct his conversation over lunch to something that might embarrass him if he said it publicly.

7. But you are a little bit embarrassed.

8. Send something embarrassing you want to pull back?

9. All this fuss has been a bit embarrassing.

10. Is he covering up something more embarrassing or just plain silly?

11. But do you want to know something really embarrassing?

12. There is something uniquely embarrassing about turning up at a wedding in the same outfit as another guest.

13. To admit belief would be to embarrass the dinner party and evoke pity and sad shakes of the head.

14. This could be a bit embarrassing!

15. In view of that betrayal, was it too embarrassing to make a fuss on his behalf?

16. But it does make it very embarrassing when you discover you're not good at things.

17. He nods, just a little bit embarrassed.

18. The music and the lights went down halfway through the show, so it was a bit embarrassing.

19. I find it a bit embarrassing talking about it.

20. The protesters in the square have targeted the grand prix as an opportunity to embarrass the Government if their demands are not met.

21. I don't really like to compare myself to him because it makes me embarrassed.

22. That's deeply embarrassing for a party that used to pride itself on its performances in by-elections.

23. Better, surely, that your parents simply embarrass you than make you want to throw up?

24. During the 2001 general election he embarrassed his party by claiming it would cut taxes by 20 billion.

25. And when I use the word embarrass, I use that because it is very politically controversial, very, especially now with this NSA story out there.

26. Walk naked until Brick has serviced you, or does the idea embarrass you?

27. O'Keefe was arrested while trying to implement one of his schemes inside the office of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu, and when his attempt to "embarrass" a CNN reporter with a sexually suggestive scenario was exposed, Breitbart tried to distance himself.

28. This was supposedly to keep the debate free from attempts to "embarrass" people.

29. A cable dated May 5, 2009 Reference ID 09MADRID440 describes further meetings between US officials and the prosecutor who promises to "embarrass" the Judge into dropping the case.

30. Let's not create a situation where people are afraid to express themselves online because someday someone might use their words or image to "embarrass" them or their boss.

31. Micah Sifry hopes that we're not "creat [ing] a situation where people are afraid to express themselves online because someday someone might use their words or image to 'embarrass' them or their boss."

32. ‘Okay, for those of my readers who have children, how often have your kids embarrassed you in public?’

33. ‘Regardless of the age of the husband, the relatives give themselves the right to discipline him, scold, restrain, monitor, and embarrass him in public.’

34. ‘The message is clear: there will be no room for players who break the rules and embarrass the team in public.’

35. ‘Max humiliates and embarrasses me all the time, so I don't know, this made me happy.’

36. ‘Her scarred face attracted attention; it baffled, confused and embarrassed people.’

37. ‘And I meant that on SO many levels, levels you will certainly understand once you figure out how to purposefully embarrass me in public.’

38. ‘So, in order to maintain any dignity, I have fomented instead my Macchiavellian plot to discomfit and embarrass David Bowie and myself.’

39. ‘I prefer a woman, and a political philosophy, that won't embarrass me in public.’

40. ‘Murdock had stuck Mikey and I with the scene where Poppy runs off after Luciano embarrasses her in public, and Luciano follows her and admits his undying love.’

41. ‘So even when the gray haired man I sometimes call my father in public embarrasses me a lot, I love him all the same.’

42. ‘In fact, the sages asserted that someone who embarrasses another person in public is akin to a murderer.’

43. ‘Except that once in a while she has too much to drink, and embarrasses him in public.’

44. ‘Public opinion embarrassed him until he agreed, under threat of a writ of habeas to force a court hearing, that his mother could be released.’

45. ‘I had only seen him like this once before, when he planned his revenge on another lord who had embarrassed him in public.’

46. ‘Mathers gave Jeffreys the sort of look a mother gave an ill mannered child that had embarrassed her in public.’

47. ‘Paul has the kind of parents that embarrass you in public and don't care if people are looking, but don't get him wrong he still loves them.’

48. I tend to embarrass my friends with no intention

Other users have misspelling embarrass as:

1. embarras 12.22%

2. embarass 11.11%

3. embaress 5.56%

4. embarazos 5.56%

5. embarres 4.44%

6. Other 61.11%

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