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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.]
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(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]
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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)]
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Past participle: abashed
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