Embarrassment - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪmˈbærəsmənt|  American pronunciation of the word embarrassment
Brit.  |ɪmˈbarəsmənt|  British pronunciation of the word embarrassment

noun

- the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
- the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy)

he is currently suffering financial embarrassments

- some event that causes someone to be embarrassed

the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment for the liberals

- extreme excess(syn: overplus, plethora, superfluity)

an embarrassment of riches

Examples

She couldn't hide her embarrassment.

The scandal was a major embarrassment for the government.

He's an embarrassment to his family.

We felt embarrassment about the disclosure.

She suffered extreme embarrassment at not knowing how to read.

He could not hide his embarrassment at his children's rudeness.

To her embarrassment, she couldn't remember his name.

The allegations have been an acute embarrassment (=serious and severe embarrassment) to the Prime Minister.

The scandal was a further source of embarrassment to the government.

Tim's drinking has made him an embarrassment to the whole family.

he is currently suffering financial embarrassments

the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment for the liberals

A blunder that has cost her considerable embarrassment

He spared them the embarrassment of a public apology.

...back in the days when a bride who was visibly enceinte was a cause for family embarrassment...

Word forms

noun
singular: embarrassment
plural: embarrassments
See also:  WebsterWiktionaryLongman