embarrassment

When you feel embarrassment, you are self-conscious or ashamed. Embarrassment might keep you from wearing your Statue of Liberty Halloween costume in public.

Something that makes you blush — like when ten people rush up to tell you how great your tuba solo was or realizing that you left the house in your pajama bottoms — causes you embarrassment. The person or thing that makes you feel awkward and ashamed can also be described as an embarrassment. To avoid embarrassment, remember to double the r's and s's when you spell embarrassment.

Primary Meanings of embarrassment

1.
n
the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
2.
n
extreme excess
Full Definitions of embarrassment
1

n the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public

Types:
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self-consciousness, uncomfortableness, uneasiness
embarrassment deriving from the feeling that others are critically aware of you
shamefacedness, sheepishness
feeling embarrassed about yourself
chagrin, humiliation, mortification
strong feelings of embarrassment
confusion, discombobulation
a feeling of embarrassment that leaves you confused
abashment, bashfulness
feeling embarrassed due to modesty
discomfiture, discomposure, disconcertion, disconcertment
anxious embarrassment
Type of:
shame
a painful emotion resulting from an awareness of inadequacy or guilt

n some event that causes someone to be embarrassed

“the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment for the liberals”
Antonyms:
disembarrassment
something that extricates you from embarrassment
Type of:
trouble
an event causing distress or pain

n the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy)

“he is currently suffering financial embarrassments
Type of:
emotional state, spirit
the state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection)
2

n extreme excess

“an embarrassment of riches”
Synonyms:
overplus, plethora, superfluity
Types:
redundance, redundancy
the attribute of being superfluous and unneeded
deadwood, fifth wheel
someone or something that is unwanted and unneeded
Type of:
excess, excessiveness, inordinateness
immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits

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