embarrassing

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  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈbæɹəsɪŋ/
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embarrassing

  1. present participle of embarrass

Noun[edit]

embarrassing (usually uncountable, plural embarrassings)

  1. The action of the verb to embarrass; embarrassment.
    • (Can we date this quote by Robert Wodrow and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      It seemed, at first, to be agreed, that the King should be addressed by the Assembly; but the time of presenting, because of the present embarrassings of affairs, to be left to the Commission.

Adjective[edit]

embarrassing (comparative more embarrassing, superlative most embarrassing)

  1. Causing embarrassment; leading to a feeling of uncomfortable shame or self-consciousness.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 20, in The China Governess[1]:
      The story struck the depressingly familiar note with which true stories ring in the tried ears of experienced policemen. No one queried it. It was in the classic pattern of human weakness, mean and embarrassing and sad.

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