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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.]

a·bash′ment n.


(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



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.


Past participle: abashed
Gerund: abashing

I abash
you abash
he/she/it abashes
we abash
you abash
they abash
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
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
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"


To cause (a person) to be self-consciously distressed:
References in classic literature ?
When, however, ye have an enemy, then return him not good for evil: for that would abash him.
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."
At this the Deputation was greatly abashed. "It is impossible," they said, moving away; "our king has no skeleton; he was stuffed."
They could all talk well enough when they were out in the street; but as soon as they came inside the palace gates, and saw the guard richly dressed in silver, and the lackeys in gold on the staircase, and the large illuminated saloons, then they were abashed; and when they stood before the throne on which the Princess was sitting, all they could do was to repeat the last word they had uttered, and to hear it again did not interest her very much.
The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again; and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.
Abashed glances of servile wonder were exchanged by the sailors, as this was said; and with fascinated eyes they awaited whatever magic might follow.
Aunt Polly, Mary, and the Harpers threw themselves upon their restored ones, smothered them with kisses and poured out thanksgivings, while poor Huck stood abashed and uncomfortable, not knowing exactly what to do or where to hide from so many unwelcoming eyes.
I was not so easily abashed as I had been some years earlier.
But the sick man, though he seemed and was indifferent about it, was not angry, but only abashed, and on the whole as it were interested in what she was doing with him.
Of course their modesty was not fated to be long- lived, but for a moment they were abashed. Once let them begin to shout, however, and nothing on earth should disconcert them.
She never was abashed and is not abashed now, so she cannot be a bad woman!" He had often begun to make reflections or think aloud in her company, and she had always answered him either by a brief but appropriate remark- showing that it did not interest her- or by a silent look and smile which more palpably than anything else showed Pierre her superiority.
But at this question, Queequeg, who had twice or thrice before taken part in similar ceremonies, looked no ways abashed; but taking the offered pen, copied upon the paper, in the proper place, an exact counterpart of a queer round figure which was tattooed upon his arm; so that through Captain Peleg's obstinate mistake touching his appellative, it stood something like this: -- Quohog his mark.