Definitions for: Embarrassment


[n] extreme excess; "an embarrassment of riches"
[n] some event that causes someone to be embarrassed; "the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment for the liberals"
[n] the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
[n] the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy); "he is currently suffering financial embarrassments"



Webster (1913) Definition: Em*bar"rass*ment, n. [F. embarrassement.]
1. A state of being embarrassed; perplexity; impediment to
freedom of action; entanglement; hindrance; confusion or
discomposure of mind, as from not knowing what to do or to
say; disconcertedness.

The embarrassment which inexperienced minds have
often to express themselves upon paper. --W. Irving.

The embarrassments tom commerce growing out of the
late regulations. --Bancroft.

2. Difficulty or perplexity arising from the want of money to
pay debts.

Synonyms: nimiety, overplus, plethora, superfluity

Antonyms: disembarrassment

See Also: abashment, bashfulness, chagrin, confusion, discombobulation, discomfiture, discomposure, disconcertion, disconcertment, emotional state, excess, excessiveness, humiliation, inordinateness, mortification, redundance, redundancy, self-consciousness, shame, shamefacedness, sheepishness, spirit, trouble, uncomfortableness, uneasiness

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