- to destroy the self-confidence, poise, or self-possession of; disconcert; make ashamed or embarrassed: to abash someone by sneering.
Origin of abash
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Examples from the Web for abash
It would have been useless; nothing could alter or abash her inherent unmorality.Olive in Italy
“She striveth alway to abash (frighten) and trouble me,” sighed Maude.The White Rose of Langley
Emily Sarah Holt
It is impossible to outface Milton, or to abash him with praise.Milton
Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
"Nothing in the world can abash me now," I thought as I wandered carelessly about the salon.Childhood
The presence of the strangers did not abash her in the least.Jack
- (tr; usually passive) to cause to feel ill at ease, embarrassed, or confused; make ashamed
Word Origin and History for abash
"perplex, embarrass," early 15c., earlier "lose one's composure, be upset" (late 14c.), from Old French esbaiss-, present stem of esbaer "gape with astonishment," from es "out" (see ex-) + ba(y)er "to be open, gape," from Latin *batare "to yawn, gape," from root *bat, possibly imitative of yawning. Related: Abashed; abashing. Bashful is a 16c. derivative.