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em·bar·rass

 (ĕm-băr′əs)
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.

embarrassing

(ɪmˈbærəsɪŋ)
adj
causing one to feel confusion or self-consciousness; disconcerting
emˈbarrassingly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.embarrassing - hard to deal withembarrassing - hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment; "awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion"; "an awkward pause followed his remark"; "a sticky question"; "in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign"
difficult, hard - not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
2.embarrassing - causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation; "the embarrassing moment when she found her petticoat down around her ankles"; "it was mortifying to know he had heard every word"
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"

embarrassing

adjective humiliating, upsetting, compromising, shaming, distressing, delicate, uncomfortable, awkward, tricky, sensitive, troublesome, shameful, disconcerting, touchy, mortifying, discomfiting, toe-curling (slang), cringe-making (Brit. informal), cringeworthy (Brit. informal) It was an embarrassing situation for all of us.
Translations
trapný
flovpinligvanskelig
nolostuttava
neugodan
zavarba hozó
vandræîalegur
当惑させるような
무안케 하는
neprijeten
genantgenerandepinsam
น่าอับอาย
nahoşutandırıcı
đáng xấu hổ

embarrassing

[ɪmˈbærəsɪŋ] ADJ [experience, situation] → embarazoso, violento; [question, mistake] → embarazoso; [performance] → penoso
that was an embarrassing moment for mepasé muchísima vergüenzafue un momento muy embarazoso
he finds it embarrassing to talk about himselfle da vergüenza hablar de sí mismole resulta violento hablar de sí mismole da corte hablar de sí mismo (Sp)
he has put the government in an embarrassing position (= awkward) → ha puesto al gobierno en una situación embarazosa or comprometida
he tries to dance like a teenager - it's embarrassing to watchintenta bailar como un quinceañero - da vergüenza ajena verlo

embarrassing

[ɪmˈbærəsɪŋ] adj [situation, event, defeat, question, position] → gênant(e), embarrassant(e)
It was so embarrassing → C'était tellement gênant.
to be embarrassing to sb → embarrasser qn

embarrassing

adjpeinlich; generosity etcbeschämend

embarrassing

[ɪmˈbærəsɪŋ] adjimbarazzante

embarrass

(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.

embarrassing

مُحْرِج trapný flov peinlich ντροπιαστικός embarazoso nolostuttava gênant neugodan imbarazzante 当惑させるような 무안케 하는 gênant pinlig kłopotliwy embaraçoso смущающий generande น่าอับอาย nahoş đáng xấu hổ 令人尴尬的
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But the fear of not being able to carry it through effectively has always made me shy of assuming the moral attitude; and in this case the certainty that my sentiments would be lost on Strickland made it peculiarly embarrassing to utter them.
First, I'll buy the island; next, get forty or fifty recruits and start clearing and planting; and at the same time I'll run up a bungalow; and then you'll be relieved of my embarrassing presence--now don't say that it isn't.
I suppose I could have passed for a pedlar, but undoubtedly it would have been very embarrassing.
D'Artagnan placed each of the twenty thousand francs in a bag, and weighing a hag in each hand, -- "This money is very embarrassing, my dear Planchet," said he.
When we were through, I decided to get myself out of the embarrassing situation and go to the smoking-room, where most of the men were by that time, to see how the land lay.
exclaimed her lively companions; and they all ran to the edge of the balcony, while Fleur-de-Lys, rendered thoughtful by the coldness of her betrothed, followed them slowly, and the latter, relieved by this incident, which put an end to an embarrassing conversation, retreated to the farther end of the room, with the satisfied air of a soldier released from duty.
Dick hesitated, shut the door carefully, and, looking round the room, lightly shook out his handkerchief, apparently flicked away an embarrassing suggestion, and said, with a little laugh:
The real heir suddenly found himself rich and free, but in a most embarrassing situation.
I had a sufficiently hard time with that tale, because it changed itself from a farce to a tragedy while I was going along with it--a most embarrassing circumstance.
I replied in good French that I did not know his language; but he seemed not to understand me, and my situation became more embarrassing.
Chateau-Renaud and Beauchamp looked at each other; the impression was the same on both of them, and the tone in which Morcerf had just expressed his thanks was so determined that the position would have become embarrassing for all if the conversation had continued.
When I first spoke to you about--" Arthur began, after a long and embarrassing silence, "that is, when we first talked about her--for I think it was you that introduced the subject--my own position in life forbade me to do more than worship her from a distance: and I was turning over plans for leaving this place finally, and settling somewhere out of all chance of meeting her again.