abash


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a·bash

 (ə-băsh′)
tr.v. a·bashed, a·bash·ing, a·bash·es
To make ashamed or uneasy; disconcert. See Synonyms at embarrass.

[Middle English abaishen, to lose one's composure, from Old French esbahir, esbahiss- : es-, intensive pref. (from Latin ex-; see ex-) + baer, to gape; see bay2.]

a·bash′ment n.

abash

(əˈbæʃ)
vb
(tr; usually passive) to cause to feel ill at ease, embarrassed, or confused; make ashamed
[C14: via Norman French from Old French esbair to be astonished, from es- out + bair to gape, yawn]
aˈbashment n

a•bash

(əˈbæʃ)

v.t.
to destroy the self-confidence of; disconcert; make ashamed.
[1275–1325; Middle English < dial. Old French abacher, Old French abaissier to put down, bring low (see abase)]
a•bash′ment, n.

abash


Past participle: abashed
Gerund: abashing

Imperative
abash
abash
Present
I abash
you abash
he/she/it abashes
we abash
you abash
they abash
Preterite
I abashed
you abashed
he/she/it abashed
we abashed
you abashed
they abashed
Present Continuous
I am abashing
you are abashing
he/she/it is abashing
we are abashing
you are abashing
they are abashing
Present Perfect
I have abashed
you have abashed
he/she/it has abashed
we have abashed
you have abashed
they have abashed
Past Continuous
I was abashing
you were abashing
he/she/it was abashing
we were abashing
you were abashing
they were abashing
Past Perfect
I had abashed
you had abashed
he/she/it had abashed
we had abashed
you had abashed
they had abashed
Future
I will abash
you will abash
he/she/it will abash
we will abash
you will abash
they will abash
Future Perfect
I will have abashed
you will have abashed
he/she/it will have abashed
we will have abashed
you will have abashed
they will have abashed
Future Continuous
I will be abashing
you will be abashing
he/she/it will be abashing
we will be abashing
you will be abashing
they will be abashing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been abashing
you have been abashing
he/she/it has been abashing
we have been abashing
you have been abashing
they have been abashing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been abashing
you will have been abashing
he/she/it will have been abashing
we will have been abashing
you will have been abashing
they will have been abashing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been abashing
you had been abashing
he/she/it had been abashing
we had been abashing
you had been abashing
they had been abashing
Conditional
I would abash
you would abash
he/she/it would abash
we would abash
you would abash
they would abash
Past Conditional
I would have abashed
you would have abashed
he/she/it would have abashed
we would have abashed
you would have abashed
they would have abashed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.abash - cause to be embarrassedabash - cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
discomfit, discompose, untune, upset, disconcert - cause to lose one's composure
disconcert, flurry, confuse, put off - cause to feel embarrassment; "The constant attention of the young man confused her"

abash

verb
To cause (a person) to be self-consciously distressed:
References in classic literature ?
It would abash the most cynical, it would terrify the most selfish; and the voice of mockery would be silenced, and fraud and falsehood would slink back into their dens, and the truth would stand forth alone
The titter that rippled around the room appeared to abash the boy, but in reality that result was caused rather more by his worshipful awe of his unknown idol and the dread pleasure that lay in his high good fortune.
That you are a princess does not abash me, but that you are you is enough to make me doubt my sanity as I ask you, my princess, to be mine.
The censures of mankind will pursue the wretch, their scorn will abash him in publick; and if shame drives him into retirement, he will go to it with all those terrors with which a weary child, who is afraid of hobgoblins, retreats from company to go to bed alone.