When she came to power in 1978, Britain was a dreary, dreary place: dingy, funereal, abashed, scruffy, feckless.
I stood before her abashed, and that was ridiculous, while she measured me as if I presented in myself the woman I took her to be.
I was awed and abashed by the dignity of his bearing and his speech.
He was a man of few words, naturally diffident of his colloquial powers, and easily confused and abashed.
His enemies were for the time discomfited, and even the hardy Wilton was abashed.
She laid an abashed cheek on his hands that were still fondling hers.
The boy, not at all abashed, put out his hand, and welcomed Captain Kent.
Fondling the trembling creature against her cheek, she talked first to him, then to his abashed persecutors.
The moment it was past, however, my heart fell, abashed at its own meanness and wickedness.
The strong double light revealed her face of abashed delight, although the young man did not understand it.
"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.