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embarrassing


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Embarrass  \Em*bar"rass\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Embarrassed};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Embarrassing}.]  [F.  embarrasser  (cf.  Sp 
  embarazar  Pg  embara?ar,  Pr  barras  bar);  pref.  em-  (L.  in) 
  +  LL  barra  bar.  See  {Bar}.] 
  1.  To  hinder  from  freedom  of  thought,  speech,  or  action  by 
  something  which  impedes  or  confuses  mental  action  to 
  perplex;  to  discompose;  to  disconcert;  as  laughter  may 
  embarrass  an  orator. 
 
  2.  To  hinder  from  liberty  of  movement;  to  impede;  to 
  obstruct;  as  business  is  embarrassed;  public  affairs  are 
  embarrassed. 
 
  3.  (Com.)  To  involve  in  difficulties  concerning  money 
  matters;  to  incumber  with  debt;  to  beset  with  urgent 
  claims  or  demands;  --  said  of  a  person  or  his  affairs;  as 
  a  man  or  his  business  is  embarrassed  when  he  can  not  meet 
  his  pecuniary  engagements. 
 
  Syn:  To  hinder;  perplex;  entangle;  confuse;  puzzle; 
  disconcert;  abash;  distress.  --  To  {Embarrass}, 
  {Puzzle},  {Perplex}.  We  are  puzzled  when  our  faculties 
  are  confused  by  something  we  do  not  understand.  We  are 
  perplexed  when  our  feelings,  as  well  as  judgment,  are  so 
  affected  that  we  know  not  how  to  decide  or  act  We  are 
  embarrassed  when  there  is  some  bar  or  hindrance  upon  us 
  which  impedes  our  powers  of  thought,  speech,  or  motion. 
  A  schoolboy  is  puzzled  by  a  difficult  sum;  a  reasoner  is 
  perplexed  by  the  subtleties  of  his  opponent;  a  youth  is 
  sometimes  so  embarrassed  before  strangers  as  to  lose  his 
  presence  of  mind. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  embarrassing 
  adj  1:  hard  to  deal  with  especially  causing  pain  or  embarrassment; 
  "awkward  (or  embarrassing  or  difficult)  moments  in  the 
  discussion";  "an  awkward  pause  followed  his  remark"; 
  "a  sticky  question";  "in  the  unenviable  position  of 
  resorting  to  an  act  he  had  planned  to  save  for  the 
  climax  of  the  campaign"  [syn:  {awkward},  {sticky},  {unenviable}] 
  2:  causing  to  feel  shame  or  chagrin  or  vexation;  "the 
  embarrassing  moment  when  she  found  her  petticoat  down 
  around  her  ankles";  "it  was  mortifying  to  know  he  had 
  heard  every  word"  [syn:  {mortifying}] 




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