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[ US /ɪmˈbɛɹəsɪŋ/ ]
[ UK /ɛmbˈæɹəsɪŋ/ ]
  1. hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
    a sticky question
    awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion
    in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign
    an awkward pause followed his remark
  2. causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation
    it was mortifying to know he had heard every word
    the embarrassing moment when she found her petticoat down around her ankles
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How To Use embarrassing In A Sentence

  • It was so embarrassing, I had to get up in front of hundreds of people and collect this award.
  • As my mom drove me home, after an embarrassing shower of kisses at the bus station, she chattered on and on about how boring her life was without me.
  • IT'S a well-known fact that footballers have embarrassing tastes in music. The Sun
  • Being caught in the middle of someone else's family argument is hideous and embarrassing.
  • From the Rushmorean cover portrait of Bush (which over the headline 'An American Revolutionary' was such a brazen and transparent effort to recall George Washington that it was embarrassing) to the 'Why We Fight' black-and-white portraiture of the aggrieved president sitting somberly at the bedside of the war-wounded, this issue is positively hysterical in its iconolatry. "What kind of a maniac puts eagles in a Christmas tree?": James Wolcott
  • Though I was on friendlier, more relaxed and affectionate terms with my fellow western-New Yorker John Gardner, who'd published an early short story of mine titled "The Death of Mrs. Sheer" in his literary magazine "MSS" -- and who regarded me, somewhat embarrassingly, as a "major American writer" -- like himself -- it can't be said that John Gardner was a mentor of mine either. Joyce Carol Oates's 'In the Absence of Mentors/Monsters': Narrative Magazine
  • He drinks too much at dinner and makes an embarrassing comment in their company. The Times Literary Supplement
  • It was an embarrassing gaffe by any standards. Times, Sunday Times
  • There have been a few teething problems, sorted out by a computer whiz-kid friend of my husband and - embarrassingly - my eight-year-old daughter.
  • “Aussie slang: drongo – a stupid, inept, awkward or embarrassing person, a dimwit or slow-witted person” A Dumbass By Any Other Name | Motivational Humor from the Motivational Smart Ass!
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