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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:
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