- to cause confusion and shame to; make uncomfortably self-conscious; disconcert; abash: His bad table manners embarrassed her.
- to make difficult or intricate, as a question or problem; complicate.
- to put obstacles or difficulties in the way of; impede: The motion was advanced in order to embarrass the progress of the bill.
- to beset with financial difficulties; burden with debt: The decline in sales embarrassed the company.
- to become disconcerted, abashed, or confused.
Origin of embarrass
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Examples from the Web for unembarrassed
Prejudice against Arabs is widespread and, on the political right, unembarrassed.Bibi Blames the Victims
April 9, 2012
Many people blame China for pursuing its national interests in such a bold and unembarrassed fashion.Obama's Reckless, Ridiculous China Policy
February 4, 2010
And yet it has also created a sexual environment that would seem to demand a sophisticated, unembarrassed, mainstream interpreter.The Biggest Names in Sex
January 13, 2009
His manner was free and unembarrassed, and he carried a letter of recommendation in his face.Paul Prescott's Charge
The chief was unembarrassed, dignified, and courtly in his address.Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi
John S. C. Abbott
The girl was young, good-looking, unembarrassed, very much at home.The Paliser case
He was as natural as a bird, and as graceful and unembarrassed.Stories by American Authors (Volume 4)
Constance Fenimore Woolson
She was impatient to get through it; to breathe an unembarrassed air.Marriage la mode
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- not embarrassed, disconcerted, or flustered
- (also intr) to feel or cause to feel confusion or self-consciousness; disconcert; fluster
- (usually passive) to involve in financial difficulties
- archaic to make difficult; complicate
- archaic to impede; obstruct; hamper
Word Origin and History for unembarrassed
1670s, "perplex, throw into doubt," from French embarrasser (16c.), literally "to block," from embarras "obstacle," from Italian imbarrazzo, from imbarrare "to bar," from in- "into, upon" (see in- (2)) + Vulgar Latin *barra "bar."
Meaning "hamper, hinder" is from 1680s. Meaning "make (someone) feel awkward" first recorded 1828. Original sense preserved in embarras de richesse (1751), from French (1726): the condition of having more wealth than one knows what to do with. Related: Embarrassed; embarrassing; embarrassingly.