From Middle English abaishment, from Middle French abaissement (“astonishment”) alteration of esbaissement, from esbaiss + -ment. Compare French ébahissement.
abashment (countable and uncountable, plural abashments)
- The state of being abashed; embarrassment from shame. [First attested from 1350 to 1470.]
the state of being abashed; confusion from shame
- ^ Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 , →ISBN), page 2
- ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 , →ISBN), page 2