Silkwood was tarred as a discontented employee who contaminated herself to embarrass the company she worked for.
Nothing to see, just Republican witch hunts designed to embarrass the president and perhaps land blows against Hillary Clinton.
Some government officials even claimed the attack was plotted by Israel as a way to embarrass President Obama.
1670s, "perplex, throw into doubt," from French embarrasser (16c.), literally "to block," from embarras "obstacle," from Italian imbarrazzo, from imbarrare "to bar," from in- "into, upon" (see in- (2)) + Vulgar Latin *barra "bar."
Meaning "hamper, hinder" is from 1680s. Meaning "make (someone) feel awkward" first recorded 1828. Original sense preserved in embarras de richesse (1751), from French (1726): the condition of having more wealth than one knows what to do with. Related: Embarrassed; embarrassing; embarrassingly.