verb (used with object)
to cause confusion and shame to; make uncomfortably self-conscious; disconcert; abash: His bad table manners embarrassed her.
to make difficult or intricate, as a question or problem; complicate.
to put obstacles or difficulties in the way of; impede: The motion was advanced in order to embarrass the progress of the bill.
to beset with financial difficulties; burden with debt: The decline in sales embarrassed the company.
verb (used without object)
to become disconcerted, abashed, or confused.

1665–75; < French embarrasser < Spanish embarazar < Portuguese embaraçar, equivalent to em- em-1 + -baraçar, verbal derivative of baraço, baraça cord, strap, noose (of obscure origin)

embarrassedly [em-bar-uhst-lee, -uh-sid-lee] , adverb
embarrassingly, adverb
preembarrass, verb (used with object)
unembarrassed, adjective

1. discompose, discomfit, chagrin. See confuse. 3. hamper, hinder.
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embarrass (ɪmˈbærəs)
1.  (also intr) to feel or cause to feel confusion or self-consciousness; disconcert; fluster
2.  (usually passive) to involve in financial difficulties
3.  archaic to make difficult; complicate
4.  archaic to impede; obstruct; hamper
[C17: (in the sense: to impede): via French and Spanish from Italian imbarrazzare, from imbarrare to confine within bars; see en-1, bar1]

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Word Origin & History

1670s, "perplex, throw into doubt," from Fr. embarrasser, lit. "to block," from embarras "obstacle," from It. imbarrazzo, from imbarrare "to bar," from in- "into, upon" + V.L. *barra "bar." 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: Embarrassing.

"perplexed, confused," 1680s, from embarrass.
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Example sentences
The defense was embarrassed.
If you are fortunate enough to live as long as I have, one day you will be
  embarrassed by your naivety.
Frazzled and embarrassed, we relaunched, thinking we'd find peace on the water.
He was more shocked and embarrassed than anyone over his behavior.
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