embarrassment

embarrassment

[em-bar-uhs-muhnt]
noun
1.
the state of being embarrassed; disconcertment; abashment.
2.
an act or instance of embarrassing.
3.
something that embarrasses.
4.
an overwhelmingly excessive amount; overabundance: an embarrassment of riches.
5.
the state of being in financial difficulties.
6.
Medicine/Medical. impairment of functioning associated with disease: respiratory embarrassment.

Origin:
1670–80; < French embarrassement. See embarrass, -ment

preembarrassment, noun


1. discomposure. See shame.
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embarrassment (ɪmˈbærəsmənt)
 
n
1.  the state of being embarrassed
2.  something that embarrasses
3.  a financial predicament
4.  an excessive amount; superfluity

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embarrassment
1670s, impeded, obstructed, entangled (of affairs, etc.), from embarrass + -ment. As a mental state, from 1774. Meaning thing which embarrasses is from 1729.
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