- 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 abashment
Crimsoning, Alrek fell from his hill of scorn to the valley of abashment.The Vinland Champions
Ottilie A. Liljencrantz
As soon as Ned and I could recover from our abashment, we also said good morning.Phaeton Rogers
If abashed at heart, at least the world should be uninformed of that abashment.The Pace That Kills
The big fellow, his head hung in abashment, looked up pleadingly.The Song of the Wolf
He dropped the hand that had been lightly resting on her arm, and his dapper air of self-confidence wilted in abashment.Kilo
Ellis Parker Butler
- (tr; usually passive) to cause to feel ill at ease, embarrassed, or confused; make ashamed
Word Origin and History for abashment
"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.