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tr.v. em·bar·rassed, em·bar·rass·ing, em·bar·rass·es
1. To cause to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; disconcert: Meeting adults embarrassed the shy child.
2. To hinder with obstacles or difficulties; impede: "an ambitious raid meant to embarrass his supply line by burning the bridges" (William Marvel).
3. Archaic To involve in or hamper with financial difficulties: The company was embarrassed and had to mortgage its properties.

[French embarrasser, to encumber, hamper, from Spanish embarazar, from Italian imbarazzare, from imbarazzo, obstacle, obstruction, from imbarrare, to block, bar : in-, in (from Latin; see en-1) + barra, bar (from Vulgar Latin *barra).]

em·bar′rassed·ly adv.
em·bar′rass·ing·ly adv.
Synonyms: embarrass, abash, chagrin, discomfit, disconcert, faze
These verbs mean to cause someone to feel self-conscious and uneasy: were embarrassed by their child's tantrum; felt abashed at the disclosure of the error; will be chagrined if my confident prediction fails; was discomfited by the sudden personal question; is disconcerted by sarcastic remarks; refuses to be fazed by your objections.


1. 'ashamed'

If you are ashamed, you feel sorry about something you did wrong.

He upset Dad, and he feels a bit ashamed.
They were ashamed to admit that they had lied.

You say that someone is ashamed of something, or ashamed of themselves.

Jen feels ashamed of the lies she told.
I was ashamed of myself for getting so angry.
It's nothing to be ashamed of.
2. 'embarrassed'

If you are embarrassed, you are worried that people will laugh at you or think you are foolish.

He looked a bit embarrassed when he noticed his mistake.
She had been too embarrassed to ask her friends.

You say that someone is embarrassed by something or embarrassed about it.

He seemed embarrassed by the question.
I felt really embarrassed about singing in public.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'of' in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'He seemed embarrassed of the question.'

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.embarrassed - feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-consciousembarrassed - feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious; "felt abashed at the extravagant praise"; "chagrined at the poor sales of his book"; "was embarrassed by her child's tantrums"
discomposed - having your composure disturbed; "looked about with a wandering and discomposed air"
2.embarrassed - made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded pride; "too embarrassed to say hello to his drunken father on the street"; "humiliated that his wife had to go out to work"; "felt mortified by the comparison with her sister"
ashamed - feeling shame or guilt or embarrassment or remorse; "are you ashamed for having lied?"; "felt ashamed of my torn coat"


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[ɪmˈbærəst] ADJ [silence] → violento, incómodo; [laugh] → nervioso
to be embarrassed: I was so embarrassed!¡me dio tanta vergüenza!, ¡me sentí tan violento!
many people are embarrassed about discussing their agea mucha gente le da vergüenza hablar de su edad
it's nothing to be embarrassed aboutno hay por qué avergonzarse
I feel embarrassed when I have to speak in publicme da vergüenza cuando tengo que hablar en público, me da corte cuando tengo que hablar en público (Sp)
to be financially embarrassedestar or andar mal de dinero, tener dificultades económicas
he sang so badly I was or felt embarrassed for himcantó tan mal que sentí vergüenza ajena
she was embarrassed to be seen with himle daba vergüenza que la vieran con él, le daba corte que la vieran con él (Sp)


[ɪmˈbærəst] adj
(= ashamed) [person] → gêné(e), embarrassé(e); [smile, laughter] → gêné(e), embarrassé(e); [silence] → gêné(e)
I was really embarrassed → J'étais vraiment gêné.
to be embarrassed about sth → être embarrassé par qch
to be embarrassed about doing sth
I was embarrassed about asking → Ça me gênait de demander ...
to be embarrassed to do sth
He was embarrassed to admit it → Ça le gênait de le reconnaître.
(= in difficulties) to be financially embarrassed → avoir des ennuis d'argent


adjverlegen; he looked a bit embarrasseder sah etwas verlegen aus; I am/feel so embarrassed (about it)es ist mir so peinlich; she was embarrassed to be seen with him or about being seen with himes war ihr peinlich, mit ihm gesehen zu werden; it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, there’s no need to feel embarrassed (about it)das braucht einem nicht peinlich zu sein; I was embarrassed for himes war mir seinetwegen peinlich; to be financially embarrassedin einer finanziellen Verlegenheit sein


(imˈbӕrəs) verb
1. to cause to feel uneasy or self-conscious. She was embarrassed by his praise.
2. to involve in (especially financial) difficulties. embarrassed by debts.
emˈbarrassment noun
emˈbarrassed adjective
He was embarrassed when the teacher asked him to read his essay to the class.
emˈbarrassing adjective
an embarrassing question.


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Again, as on the other eve- nings, they were embarrassed.
I became somewhat embarrassed, for I was used to being taken for granted by my elders.
Edna was a trifle embarrassed at being thus signaled out for the imperious little woman's favor.
A short and apparently an embarrassed silence succeeded this remark, which was interrupted by the scout calling to them, aloud, to enter.
A shy, silent youth, deft in work, and at other times conscious and embarrassed.
continued Holgrave, so earnestly that it embarrassed Phoebe, as did also the quiet freedom with which he presumed on their so recent acquaintance.
The minister -- painfully embarrassed, but hoping that a kiss might prove a talisman to admit him into the child's kindlier regards -- bent forward, and impressed one on her brow.
So I put it before her, but she continued for a little so inscrutably embarrassed that I came again to her aid.
Teta Elzbieta was so embarrassed that the perspiration came out upon her forehead in beads; for was not this reading as much as to say plainly to the gentleman's face that they doubted his honesty?
He had seen Death many times,--met him in the way of trade, and got acquainted with him,--and he only thought of him as a hard customer, that embarrassed his property operations very unfairly; and so he only swore that the gal was a baggage, and that he was devilish unlucky, and that, if things went on in this way, he should not make a cent on the trip.
Well, it was touching to see the queen blush and smile, and look embarrassed and happy, and fling fur- tive glances at Sir Launcelot that would have got him shot in Arkansas, to a dead certainty.
I thought it was pretty manifest that the elderly lady was embarrassed at finding herself in such a conspicuous place arrayed in such cheap apparel; I began to feel sorry for her and troubled about her.