Origin of Embarrass
French embarrasser to encumber, hamper from Spanish embarazar from Italian imbarazzare from imbarazzo obstacle, obstruction from imbarrare to block, bar in- in (from Latin en–1) barra bar (from Vulgar Latin barra)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
from Portuguese embaraçar, from em- (“in”) (from Latin im-) + baraça (“noose, rope”), or
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