embarrassment

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Etymology[edit]

From embarrass +‎ -ment

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  • IPA(key): /ɪmˈbæɹəsmənt/

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embarrassment ‎(plural embarrassments)

  1. A state of discomfort arising from bashfulness or consciousness of having violated a social rule; humiliation.
  2. A state of confusion arising from hesitation or difficulty in choosing.
  3. A person or thing which is the cause of humiliation to another.
    Kevin, you are an embarrassment to this family.
    Losing this highly publicized case was an embarrassment to the firm.
    • 2014 August 21, “A brazen heist in Paris [print version: International New York Times, 22 August 2014, p. 8]”[1], The New York Times:
      The audacious hijacking in Paris of a van carrying the baggage of a Saudi prince to his private jet is obviously an embarrassment to the French capital, whose ultra-high-end boutiques have suffered a spate of heists in recent months.
  4. (medicine) Impairment of function due to disease: respiratory embarrassment.
  5. (countable) A group of pandas; the collective noun for pandas.

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