- Embarrassment is defined as a feeling of humiliation or shame, or a person or thing causing you to feel ashamed, or an abundance.
- When you trip and a room full of people all start to laugh, this is an example of when you feel embarrassment.
- When your child behaves horribly, refusing to listen in front of everyone, this is an example of when your child is an embarrassment.
- When you have a large family that loves you, this is an example of an embarrassment of family love.
This woman seems to have suffered an embarrassment.
- The act or an instance of embarrassing: His embarrassment of the guests ended the party.
- The state of being embarrassed: My face turned red with embarrassment.
- A source or cause of being embarrassed: Your display of rudeness was an embarrassment to me.
- An overabundance: an embarrassment of choices at a buffet dinner; an embarrassment of riches.
- Financial difficulty: fell into financial embarrassment.
- A state of discomfort arising from bashfulness or consciousness of having violated a social rule; humiliation.
- A state of confusion arising from hesitation or difficulty in choosing.
- A person or thing which is the cause of humiliation to another.
- Kevin, you are an embarrassment to this family.
- Losing this highly publicized case was an embarrassment to the firm.
- (medicine) Impairment of function due to disease: respiratory embarrassment.
Variant of embarrass
- to cause to feel self-conscious, confused, and ill at ease; disconcert; fluster
- to cause difficulties to; hinder; impede
- to cause to be in debt; cause financial difficulties to
- to make more difficult; complicate
Origin of embarrassFrench embarrasser, literally , to encumber, obstruct ; from Spanish embarazar ; from Italian imbarrazzare ; from imbarrare, to bar, impede ; from in- (L in-) + Medieval Latin barra, bar