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Synonyms for embarrass
ɛmˈbær əs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. embarrass, abash(verb)

    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious

    Synonyms:
    stymy, stymie, hinder, block, obstruct, blockade, abash

  2. obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass(verb)

    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

    "His brother blocked him at every turn"

    Synonyms:
    block up, lug, immobilize, seal off, obturate, handicap, jam, block off, close up, blank out, freeze, abash, obstruct, deflect, parry, kibosh, draw a blank, hamper, hinder, impede, block, forget, stop, stuff, stymy, blockade, immobilise, bar, occlude, barricade, halt, choke up, stymie

Wiktionary

  1. embarrass(verb)

    to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely; to disconcert; to abash

    The crowd's laughter and jeers embarrassed him.

    Synonyms:
    discomfit, humiliate, shame, disconcert, abash

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. embarrass

    Any sense of inferiority abashes, with or without the sense of wrong. The poor are abashed at the splendor of wealth, the ignorant at the learning of the wise. "I might have been abashed by their authority." Gladstone Homeric Synchron., p. 72. [Harper & Bros. '76.] To confuse is to bring into a state of mental bewilderment; to confound is to overwhelm the mental faculties; to daunt is to subject to a certain degree of fear. Embarrass is a strong word, signifying primarily hamper, hinder, impede. A solitary thinker may be confused by some difficulty in a subject, or some mental defect; one is embarrassed in the presence of others, and because of their presence. Confusion is of the intellect, embarrassment of the feelings. A witness may be embarrassed by annoying personalities, so as to become confused in statements. To mortify a person is to bring upon him a painful sense of humiliation, whether because of his own or another's fault or failure. A pupil is confused by a perplexing question, a general confounded by overwhelming defeat. A hostess is discomposed by the tardiness of guests, a speaker disconcerted by a failure of memory. The criminal who is not abashed at detection may be daunted by the officer's weapon. Sudden joy may bewilder, but will not abash. The true worshiper is humbled rather than abashed before God. The parent is mortified by the child's rudeness, the child abashed at the parent's reproof. The embarrassed speaker finds it difficult to proceed. The mob is overawed by the military, the hypocrite shamed by exposure. "A man whom no denial, no scorn could abash." Fielding Amelia bk. iii, ch. 9, p. 300. [Bell & Sons '71.] Compare CHAGRIN; HINDER.

    Synonyms:
    abash, bewilder, chagrin, confound, confuse, daunt, discompose, disconcert, dishearten, humble, humiliate, mortify, overawe, shame

    Antonyms:
    animate, buoy, cheer, embolden, encourage, inspirit, rally, uphold

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. embarrass

    Synonyms:
    entangle, misconcert, trouble, perplex, contuse, hamper, clog, distress, puzzle, encumber

    Antonyms:
    extricate, liberate, expedite, facilitate, accelerate, assist, disencumber

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. embarrass(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    perplex, entangle, beset, make intricate, make difficult

  2. embarrass(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    harass, distress, trouble, vex, annoy, plague, hamper, clog

  3. embarrass(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    confuse, disconcert, confound, nonplus, pose, dumfound, dumfounder

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. embarrass(v)

    Synonyms:
    disconcert, discompose, mortify, abash, chagrin, nonplus, pose, perplex, impede, obstruct, annoy, involve, harass, hamper, incumber

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "embarrass":

    humiliate, shame

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How to use embarrass in a sentence?

  1. Jason Chaffetz:

    We need to weed out those who risk our national security, embarrass the county, and skirt the law, this needs to end.

  2. The President:

    They put that on there to embarrass me.

  3. New York:

    I dont mean to embarrass any hospital, but I want them to be held accountable.

  4. Stephen Colbert:

    No. Your movie‘Stuart Saves His Family ’ was intended to be funny but was n’t, that photo was intended to embarrass His Family '. That’s why he did it while His Family ' was asleep.

  5. Central Police Department:

    Instead of showing the strength and resilience of our community during this difficult time, Mr. Spell has chosen to embarrass us for his own self-promotion, this is not an issue over religious liberty, and its not about politics.


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