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abash Line breaks: abash
Pronunciation: /əˈbaʃ/

Definition of abash in English:


[with object] (usually as adjective abashed)
Make (someone) feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed: Harriet looked slightly abashed
More example sentences
  • I was too abashed, too embarrassed that I had actually asked something like that!
  • Katherine was slightly abashed at his forwardness and lingered outside of the house, not really wanting to go in.
  • She was somewhat abashed when I pointed out that I had already done so in 1997!
embarrassed, ashamed, shamefaced, remorseful, mortified, conscience-stricken, humiliated, humbled, taken aback, disconcerted, nonplussed, discomfited, discomposed, distressed, chagrined, perturbed, confounded, dismayed, dumbfounded, crestfallen, sheepish, red-faced, blushing, confused, put out of countenance, discountenanced, with one's tail between one's legs
informal floored


Pronunciation: /əˈbaʃmənt/
Example sentences
  • He tells that story, without abashment, with pride almost, but then being who he is he can get away with it.
  • Her cheeks growing red, she looked to Adam, and brushing aside her own abashment, revealed, ‘We've heard all about your recent adventures, and my, my, have you two ever been busy!’
  • Lorelei looked down onto her hands in abashment.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French abaiss-; compare with Old French esbaiss-, lengthened stem of esbair, from es- 'utterly' + bair 'astound'.

Words that rhyme with abash

ash, Ashe, bash, brash, cache, calash, cash, clash, crash, dash, encash, flash, gnash, hash, lash, mash, Nash, panache, pash, plash, rash, sash, slash, smash, soutache, splash, stash, thrash, trash
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