Definition of embarrassment in English:

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Pronunciation: /əmˈberəsmənt/


1A feeling of self-consciousness, shame, or awkwardness: I turned red with embarrassment
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  • Feelings of expectation, embarrassment, distress and emotional harm vary according to the individual.
  • Pauline said today she feared that embarrassment and shame could be stopping Christine and Nicholas from contacting her.
  • I felt a lot of shame, embarrassment and humiliation, I lived with all that for years.
mortification, humiliation, shame, shamefacedness, chagrin, awkwardness, self-consciousness, sheepishness, discomfort, discomfiture, discomposure, agitation, distress;
shyness, bashfulness
1.1A person or thing causing embarrassment: he was an embarrassment who was safely left ignored her extreme views might be an embarrassment to the movement
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  • Supporters of devolution have become inured to setbacks, diversions, embarrassments, disappointments and shocks.
  • But the family story, with all its problems, embarrassments and dysfunctional members, still has its universal appeal, at home and abroad.
  • Over the years I have been sickened by the embarrassments that plagued his tenure and the reprehensible antagonism he suffered by Republican leaders.
1.2Financial difficulty: his temporary financial embarrassment
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  • He cannot say he was unprepared for York council's financial embarrassment.
difficulty, predicament, plight, problem, mess, imbroglio
informal bind, jam, pickle, fix, scrape


embarrassment of riches (or choice)

More options or resources than one knows what to do with: picking a highlight from such an embarrassment of riches is hard there is an embarrassment of intellectual riches in the two anthologies as consumers we have an embarrassment of choice
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  • We've like I said, we have an embarrassment of riches.
  • Suddenly, the selectors who hardly knew where to turn earlier in the season have an embarrassment of riches.
  • He has come full bloom at the time Indian cricket has an embarrassment of riches.

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Syllabification: em·bar·rass·ment

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