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Synonyms for embarrassment
ɛmˈbær əs mənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. embarrassment(noun)

    the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public

    plethora, overplus, superfluity


  2. embarrassment(noun)

    the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy)

    "he is currently suffering financial embarrassments"

    plethora, overplus, superfluity


  3. embarrassment(noun)

    some event that causes someone to be embarrassed

    "the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment for the liberals"

    plethora, overplus, superfluity


  4. overplus, plethora, superfluity, embarrassment(noun)

    extreme excess

    "an embarrassment of riches"

    plethora, overplus, superfluity


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. embarrassment

    Perplexity (Latin per, through, and plecto, plait) is the drawing or turning of the thoughts or faculties by turns in different directions or toward contrasted or contradictory conclusions; confusion (Latin confusus, from confundo, pour together) is a state in which the mental faculties are, as it were, thrown into chaos, so that the clear and distinct action of the different powers, as of perception, memory, reason, and will is lost; bewilderment is akin to confusion, but is less overwhelming, and more readily recovered from; perplexity, accordingly, has not the unsettling of the faculties implied in confusion, nor the overwhelming of the faculties implied in amazement or astonishment; it is not the magnitude of the things to be known, but the want of full and definite knowledge, that causes perplexity. The dividing of a woodland path may cause the traveler the greatest perplexity, which may become bewilderment when he has tried one path after another and lost his bearings completely. With an excitable person bewilderment may deepen into confusion that will make him unable to think clearly or even to see or hear distinctly. Amazement results from the sudden and unimagined occurrence of great good or evil or the sudden awakening of the mind to unthought-of truth. Astonishment often produces bewilderment, which the word was formerly understood to imply. Compare AMAZEMENT; ANXIETY; DOUBT.

    amazement, astonishment, bewilderment, confusion, distraction, disturbance, doubt, doubt, perplexity

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. embarrassment(n.)

    perplexity, difficulty, entanglement

  2. embarrassment(n.)

    trouble, distress, vexation, plague

  3. embarrassment(n.)

    confusion, abashment

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. embarrassment(n)

    discomposure, chagrin, abashment, mortification, disconcertion

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "embarrassment":

    shame, disgrace, discomfort, quandary, embarrassing, awkwardness

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  1. Dale Bumpers:

    The The House managers have said shame and embarrassment is no excuse for lying. Well, the question about lying, that's your decision. But I can tell you, you put yourself in President Clinton position, and you've already had this big moral lapse, as to what you would do. We are -- none of us are perfect. Sure, you say, President Clinton should have thought of all that beforehand. And indeed President Clinton should. Just as Adam and Eve should have. Just as you and you and you and you, and millions of other people who have been caught in similar circumstances should have thought of it before. And I say none of us are perfect.

  2. Chang Gwang-il:

    Timing wise, today's missile was a cannon salute on the Day of the Sun, leading up to the party congress, but now that it has failed, it is an embarrassment.

  3. Steve Hilton:

    You should be able to handle tough questions by now and don't be such a bully, foul mouth ranting at a reporter doing her job is an embarrassment to you and the administration. You should apologize and people will think much more of you if you do.

  4. John Kirby:

    It's a stunning embarrassment for the FBI, no doubt about it.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I think it's embarrassing for the country to allow protesters, you don't even know which side the protesters were on, but to allow someone to stand up and scream from the top of their lungs and nobody does anything about it is frankly — I think it's an embarrassment.

Translations for embarrassment

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  • притеснение, смущение, объркване, стеснениеBulgarian
  • avergonyimentCatalan, Valencian
  • VerlegenheitGerman
  • vergüenzaSpanish
  • hämmennys, häpeä, nolostuminen, kiusaantuneisuus, häpeäksi, häpeäpilkkuFinnish
  • (être la) honte (de), embarrasFrench
  • imbarazzoItalian
  • ته‌ریقیKurdish
  • verlegenheidDutch
  • jenăRomanian
  • позо́р, смуще́ние, поме́ха, позо́рище, конфу́з, замеша́тельство, затрудне́ниеRussian
  • 困窘Chinese

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