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Synonyms for embarrass
ɛmˈbær əsem·bar·rass

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Wiktionary3.0 / 2 votes

  1. embarrassverb

    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 Antonyms4.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  1. embarrass

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

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

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. embarrass, abashverb

    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious

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

  2. obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrassverb

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. embarrassverb

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

  2. embarrassverb

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

  3. embarrassverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words1.0 / 1 vote

  1. embarrassverb

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

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "embarrass":

    humiliate, shame

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How to use embarrass in a sentence?

  1. Los Angeles:

    Well, first of all to Don, that’s why you’re not coaching. Let’s put it that way, you don’t let a guy go out there and just almost embarrass himself. My job is to help these guys develop, and that’s what I ’m doing.

  2. Eric Brown:

    I think Xi wants to embarrass the United States.

  3. The President:

    They put that on there to embarrass me.

  4. Donald Trump:

    The tape was made right, you saw that ? With the airplane coming in -- nice plane -- and the airplane coming in and the money coming off I guess, right ? that was given to us, has to be, by the Iranians and you know why the tape was given to us ? Because they want to embarrass our country, they want to embarrass our country.

  5. Kellyanne Conway:

    Whether it is student loan forgiveness or pardoning marijuana possession convictions, a bereft Biden tries hard to change the subject and get people who dislike him to dislike him a little bit less, this is less likely to motivate voters than it is to embarrass Vice President Kamala Harris. AsSan Francisco’s top prosecutor between 2004 and 2010, her office handled more than 1,900 marijuana convictions. Even if this makes sense legally or practically to Biden, he runs the risk as being seen again as ignoring the broader and deeper concerns surrounding violent crime surges and an inescapably devastating economic picture.


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