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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From embarrass +‎ -ment



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  • This week is Bear Ass Week on Wordie, didn't you know?

    July 11, 2008

  • I always thought it should be spelled: embareassment, 'cause that's what I think it really means.

    July 11, 2008

  • Yes. Embarrassment sounds like someone saying 'embarassment' with a piratey accent.

    July 11, 2008

  • It does seem to have an embarrassment of Rs.... ;-)

    June 24, 2007

  • I always feel this word should have just one 'r'. Does anyone else agree?

    June 24, 2007