In 1998, Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota, embarrassing a state that previously had nothing much to be embarrassed about.
Suddenly, for the first time, I was embarrassed to be among the ignorant when it came to Twilight.
We all make mistakes in dating that leave us completely ashamed or embarrassed in the aftermath.
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.