By then the Nazis had already annexed large swathes of Europe, and Britain was embarrassingly unprepared for war.
And the diversity in the newsroom has been stuck at an embarrassingly low 12-13% for almost a decade.
embarrassingly, he had to yank the bill from the House floor at the last minute.
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.