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embarrassed

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

embarrassed \embarrassed\ adjective

1. feeling uneasily or unpleasantly self-conscious due to some event or circumstance; as, she was embarrassed by her child's tantrums.

Syn: abashed, self-conscious. [WordNet 1.5]

2. feeling inferior or unworthy and hence unpleasantly self-conscious; as, too embarrassed to say hello to his drunken father on the street.

Syn: chagrined, mortified. [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Embarrass \Em*bar"rass\ ([e^]m*b[a^]r"ras), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Embarrassed} ([e^]m*b[a^]r"rast); p. pr. & vb. n. {Embarrassing}.] [F. embarrasser (cf. Sp. embarazar, Pg. embara[,c]ar, Pr. barras bar); pref. em- (L. in) + LL. barra bar. See {Bar}.]

1. To hinder from freedom of thought, speech, or action by something which impedes or confuses mental action; to make (a person) unpleasantly self-conscious; to perplex; to discompose; to disconcert; as, laughter may embarrass an orator. [WordNet sense 1]

Syn: abash, discompose, disconcert, discomfit, chagrin. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct; as, business is embarrassed; public affairs are embarrassed. [WordNet sense 2]

Syn: obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie. [1913 Webster]

3. (Com.) To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to incumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands; -- said of a person or his affairs; as, a man or his business is embarrassed when he can not meet his pecuniary engagements.

Syn: To hinder; perplex; entangle; confuse; puzzle; disconcert; abash; distress. -- To {Embarrass}, {Puzzle}, {Perplex}. We are puzzled when our faculties are confused by something we do not understand. We are perplexed when our feelings, as well as judgment, are so affected that we know not how to decide or act. We are embarrassed when there is some bar or hindrance upon us which impedes our powers of thought, speech, or motion. A schoolboy is puzzled by a difficult sum; a reasoner is perplexed by the subtleties of his opponent; a youth is sometimes so embarrassed before strangers as to lose his presence of mind.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

embarrassed

adjective

1: 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" [syn: {abashed}, {chagrined}, {embarrassed}]

2: 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" [syn: {embarrassed}, {humiliated}, {mortified}]


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