Although abash sounds like a big party or what firefighters do to get through a locked door, abash is, in fact, a verb that means you have caused another person to feel awkward, bashful, embarrassed, or ashamed.

To make your best friend feel abashed, you might tell her new boyfriend about the time she... but why would you want to embarrass her? Typically abash is used when something has a shaming effect. You might find yourself saying: “I was abashed by the magnitude of the others’ generosity so I donated twenty thousand more,” but you wouldn’t just use abash in place of embarrass. It would sound strange to warn, “Don’t do that, you’re going to abash yourself!”

Definitions of abash
  1. verb
    cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    synonyms: embarrass
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    confuse, disconcert, flurry, put off
    cause to feel embarrassment
    cause to be nervous or upset
    make confused or perplexed or puzzled
    deflect, distract
    draw someone's attention away from something
    type of:
    discomfit, discompose, disconcert, rattle, untune, upset
    cause to lose one's composure
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