from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of embarrassing.
- n. The state of being embarrassed.
- n. A source or cause of being embarrassed.
- n. An overabundance: an embarrassment of choices at a buffet dinner; an embarrassment of riches.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A state of discomfort arising from bashfulness or consciousness of having violated a social rule; humiliation.
- n. A state of confusion arising from hesitation or difficulty in choosing.
- n. A person or thing which is the cause of humiliation to another.
- n. Impairment of function due to disease: respiratory embarrassment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A state of being embarrassed; perplexity; impediment to freedom of action; entanglement; hindrance; confusion or discomposure of mind, as from not knowing what to do or to say; disconcertedness.
- n. Difficulty or perplexity arising from the want of money to pay debts.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Perplexity; intricacy; entanglement; involvement, as by debt or unfavorable circumstances.
- n. Perplexity or confusion of mind; bewilderment; discomposure; abashment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extreme excess
- n. the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy)
- n. the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
- n. some event that causes someone to be embarrassed
From embarrass + -ment (Wiktionary)