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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.
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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.'

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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)
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[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
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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
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(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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In his place I should have been more embarrassed and less calm.
Next day the old count called his son aside and, with an embarrassed smile, said to him:
And dear, dear, to think of it: I was the only embarrassed person there.
"Yes; he writes that you are here, and that he thinks you might allow me to be of use to you," said Levin, and as he said it he became suddenly embarrassed, and, stopping abruptly, he walked on in silence by the wagonette, snapping off the buds of the lime trees and nibbling them.
Elizabeth would have been startled and embarrassed if she could have read his thoughts, for they might have suggested to her that she was becoming a great deal fonder of Bill than the shortness of their acquaintance warranted.
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.
Athos then plunged into the street the man had indicated with his finger; but arriving at four crossroads, he stopped again, visibly embarrassed. Nevertheless, as the crossroads offered him a better chance than any other place of meeting somebody, he stood still.
Was it merely to ride to Longbourn and be embarrassed? or had you intended any more serious consequence?"
But twenty men marching in one band are suspected by everybody; twenty horsemen must not be seen marching together, or a company will be detached against them and the password will be required; the which company, upon seeing them embarrassed to give it, would shoot M.
Philip was touched and embarrassed; he had not known with what a hungry love she cared for him.
On the other hand, I am constantly embarrassed by the many acts of thoughtful kindness.
From the embarrassed coldness of the officer, it was easy to see that on his side, at least, love had no longer any part in the matter.