Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of embarrassing.
  • noun The state of being embarrassed.
  • noun A source or cause of being embarrassed.
  • noun An overabundance.
  • noun Financial difficulty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Perplexity; intricacy; entanglement; involvement, as by debt or unfavorable circumstances.
  • noun Perplexity or confusion of mind; bewilderment; discomposure; abashment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Difficulty or perplexity arising from the want of money to pay debts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A state of discomfort arising from bashfulness or consciousness of having violated a social rule; humiliation.
  • noun A state of confusion arising from hesitation or difficulty in choosing.
  • noun A person or thing which is the cause of humiliation to another.
  • noun medicine Impairment of function due to disease: respiratory embarrassment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun extreme excess
  • noun the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy)
  • noun the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
  • noun some event that causes someone to be embarrassed

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From embarrass +‎ -ment

Examples

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

    June 24, 2007

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

    June 24, 2007

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

    July 11, 2008

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

    July 11, 2008

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    July 11, 2008