Crossword clues for embarrassment
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Embarrassment \Em*bar"rass*ment\, n. [F. embarrassement.]
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.
The embarrassments tom commerce growing out of the late regulations.
Difficulty or perplexity arising from the want of money to pay debts.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1670s, "state of being impeded, obstructed, or entangled" (of affairs, etc.), from embarrass + -ment, or from French embarrassement, from embarrasser.\n
\nAs "a mental state of unease," from 1774. Meaning "thing which embarrasses" is from 1729. Earlier words expressing much the same idea include baishment "embarrassment, confusion" (late 14c.); baishednesse (mid-15c.).
n. 1 A state of discomfort arising from bashfulness or consciousness of having violated a social rule; humiliation. 2 A state of confusion arising from hesitation or difficulty in choosing. 3 A person or thing which is the cause of humiliation to another. 4 (context medical English) Impairment of function due to disease: ''respiratory embarrassment''.
n. the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy); "he is currently suffering financial embarrassments"
some event that causes someone to be embarrassed; "the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment for the liberals" [ant: disembarrassment]
Embarrassment is an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself, experienced when having a socially unacceptable act or condition witnessed by or revealed to others. Usually some amount of loss of honor or dignity is involved, but how much and the type depends on the embarrassing situation. It is similar to shame, except that shame may be experienced for an act known only to oneself. Also, embarrassment usually carries the connotation of being caused by an act that is merely socially unacceptable, rather than morally wrong.
"Embarrassment" is a song recorded by ska/ pop band Madness, predominantly written by Lee Thompson, but partially credited to Mike Barson. The band first began performing the song at live shows in April 1980, and it was featured on their second studio album, Absolutely.
The song was released as a single on November 14, 1980, and spent 12 weeks in the UK singles chart and reached a high of number 4. The song was remixed for issue as a single, which is different from the album version, although they both have the same running time.
Embarrassment is an emotional state experienced upon having an unacceptable act or condition witnessed by or revealed to others.
Embarrassment may also refer to:
- "Embarrassment" (song), a 1980 ska song recorded by Madness
- The Embarrassment, an early punk group
- Embarrassment (Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide episode), an episode of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide
Usage examples of "embarrassment".
If Addis spoke lightly of your role, it was only to permit you to refuse with no embarrassment, since in failure your fate will be worse than his.
This should be done, not by administering stimulants, but by relieving it of all contingent embarrassments as far as possible.
FELLOW-CITIZENS:--When the General Assembly, now about adjourning, assembled in November last, from the bankrupt state of the public treasury, the pecuniary embarrassments prevailing in every department of society, the dilapidated state of the public works, and the impending danger of the degradation of the State, you had a right to expect that your representatives would lose no time in devising and adopting measures to avert threatened calamities, alleviate the distresses of the people, and allay the fearful apprehensions in regard to the future prosperity of the State.
As the Afanc approached, hanging its head in embarrassment, he schooled his features to sobriety and nodded in greeting to the gigantic lake-dweller.
About the end of July 1805 the embarrassment which sometime before had begun to be felt in the finances of Europe was alarmingly augmented.
True, he would be able to put more into them than was in the written word because he was a bit of an actor when he got going, but as the years went on Alee found that he was more than a bit of an embarrassment, people laughed at him.
Nothing was further removed from the intention of the Russian Government than to challenge England, but she felt it impossible to look on at the embarrassment of the Ameer with equanimity, and so determined to fight for the independence of Afghanistan.
As he sate thus, with his dark eye turned towards the scowling and blackening heaven, a horseman rode rapidly up to him, and stopping, as if to let his horse breathe for an instant, made a sort of obeisance to the anchoret, with an air betwixt effrontery and embarrassment.
The period of embarrassment, hesitation, inclination to temporization or even to appeasement has been succeeded among the Nazi leaders by a new phase.
But he had not met the antiquarian, and neither the Archdeacon nor Mornington thought it likely that Sir Giles would do more than cause them as much embarrassment as possible.
She said good-bye to him at Charles de Gaulle airport, surprising Bryson with the ardency of her hug, her kiss that was more than the farewell kiss of a friend, immediately after which she turned away in flushed embarrassment.
Bem managed to whim per Suddenly Kirk found that his own anger at ho Bem had become a source of embarrassment.
The singers alternately leaned toward Brod, then shied off again, to his embarrassment and the amusement of everyone else.
But the greeting fades from my lips as he bows his head in embarrassment and selects a canapé from my tray, puts it in his mouth and then continues to pull his coat on without any further eye contact.
I expect I went rather pink when Chad kissed me, but that was embarrassment.