When she came to power in 1978, Britain was a dreary, dreary place: dingy, funereal, abashed, scruffy, feckless.
I stood before her abashed, and that was ridiculous, while she measured me as if I presented in myself the woman I took her to be.
Let ridicule be abashed before the majesty of such characters!
He was a man of few words, naturally diffident of his colloquial powers, and easily confused and abashed.
It humbled and abashed the man, and made him still more irresolute and uncertain.
She laid an abashed cheek on his hands that were still fondling hers.
It was a situation which might have abashed a bolder ruffian.
Fondling the trembling creature against her cheek, she talked first to him, then to his abashed persecutors.
The ruler of Tripoli was abashed by this display of American energy and valor.
The strong double light revealed her face of abashed delight, although the young man did not understand it.
"perplex, embarrass," early 15c., earlier "lose one's composure, be upset" (late 14c.), from Old French esbaiss-, present stem of esbaer "gape with astonishment," from es "out" (see ex-) + ba(y)er "to be open, gape," from Latin *batare "to yawn, gape," from root *bat, possibly imitative of yawning. Related: Abashed; abashing. Bashful is a 16c. derivative.