Yale has suffered a long series of embarrassing high-profile cases of sexual harassment and assault.
Jamie bursts into the most embarrassing set of man-tears ever to flow forth on television.
The crowds booed and jeered as the embarrassing scene played out in front of them.
These voting problems and lines and so forth are just embarrassing.
But CNN's is diminishing a little more with every one of these embarrassing episodes.
My own position at this period was embarrassing in the extreme.
But what an embarrassing job it is to get acquainted with one's father.
For the past two weeks, he had watched her with an intentness that was embarrassing.
And fancy how embarrassing had you continued in the office for which you were engaged.
It was embarrassing, to say the least, but neither boy begrudged the girls their success.
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.