American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To cause to feel self-conscious or ill at ease; disconcert: Meeting adults embarrassed the shy child.
- v. To involve in or hamper with financial difficulties.
- v. To hinder with obstacles or difficulties; impede.
- v. To complicate.
- v. To interfere with (a bodily function) or impede the function of (a body part).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To hamper or impede as with entanglements; encumber; render intricate or difficult; beset with difficulties; confuse or perplex, as conflicting circumstances, pecuniary complications, etc.: as, public affairs are embarrassed; want of order tends to embarrass business; the merchant is embarrassed by the unfavorable state of the market, or by his liabilities.
- To perplex mentally; confuse the thoughts or perceptions of; discompose; disconcert; abash: as, an abrupt address may embarrass a young lady.
- Synonyms To hinder, impede, obstruct, harass, distress, clog, hamper.
- Embarrass, Puzzle, Perplex. To embarrass, literally, is to bar one's way, to impede one's progress in a particular direction, to hamper one's actions; hence, to make it difficult for one to know what is best to be done; also, to confuse or disconcert one so that one has not for a time one's usual judgment or presence of mind. To puzzle, literally, is to pose or give a hard question to, to put into a state of uncertainty where decision is difficult or impossible; it applies equally to opinion and to conduct. To perplex, literally, is to inclose, as in the meshes of a net, to entangle one's judgment so that one is at a loss what to think or how to act. Embarrass expresses most of uncomfortable feeling and mental confusion.
- v. transitive to humiliate; to disrupt somebody's composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely; to disconcert; to abash
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To hinder from freedom of thought, speech, or action by something which impedes or confuses mental action; to make (a person) unpleasantly self-conscious; to perplex; to discompose; to disconcert.
- v. To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct
- v. (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.
- v. cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
- v. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
- From French embarrasser ("to block, to obstruct"), from Spanish embarazar, either (Wiktionary)
- French embarrasser, to encumber, hamper, from Spanish embarazar, from Italian imbarazzare, from imbarazzo, obstacle, obstruction, from imbarrare, to block, bar : in-, in (from Latin; see en-1) + barra, bar (from Vulgar Latin *barra). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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