Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

embarrassment

[em-bar-uh s-muh nt]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. the state of being embarrassed; disconcertment; abashment.
  2. an act or instance of embarrassing.
  3. something that embarrasses.
  4. an overwhelmingly excessive amount; overabundance: an embarrassment of riches.
  5. the state of being in financial difficulties.
  6. Medicine/Medical. impairment of functioning associated with disease: respiratory embarrassment.
Show More

Origin of embarrassment

From the French word embarrassement, dating back to 1670–80. See embarrass, -ment
Related formspre·em·bar·rass·ment, noun

Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. discomposure. See shame.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for embarrassment

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for embarrassment

embarrassment

noun
  1. the state of being embarrassed
  2. something that embarrasses
  3. a financial predicament
  4. an excessive amount; superfluity
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for embarrassment

n.

1670s, "state of being impeded, obstructed, entangled" (of affairs, etc.), from embarrass + -ment, or from French embarrassement, from embarrasser.

As "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.).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper