- ashamed or embarrassed; disconcerted: My clumsiness left me abashed.
Origin of abashed
- 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 abashed
When she came to power in 1978, Britain was a dreary, dreary place: dingy, funereal, abashed, scruffy, feckless.How Margaret Thatcher Transformed British Politics
April 8, 2013
Let ridicule be abashed before the majesty of such characters!Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Mr. Blackwell, abashed and perplexed, returned to his companion.Night and Morning, Complete
The young man did not appear in the least abashed by this remark.A Woman Intervenes
It humbled and abashed the man, and made him still more irresolute and uncertain.Barnaby Rudge
It was a situation which might have abashed a bolder ruffian.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- ill at ease, embarrassed, or confused; ashamed
- (tr; usually passive) to cause to feel ill at ease, embarrassed, or confused; make ashamed
Word Origin and History for abashed
"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.