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Definition of "embarrassment" []

  • The act or an instance of embarrassing. (noun)
  • The state of being embarrassed. (noun)
  • A source or cause of being embarrassed. (noun)
  • An overabundance: an embarrassment of choices at a buffet dinner; an embarrassment of riches. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "embarrassment" in a sentence
  • "I think when Chesterton wrote that, if someone were to actually say, "That is wicked," the Journalists would shuffle their feet in embarrassment, but generally not dispute the obvious truth."
  • "Governor Sanford's greatest self-embarrassment is his self-righteous condemnation of others 'behavior."
  • "But while keeping up the charade may be saving the ECB some short-term embarrassment, its existing policies of propping up insolvent banks and governments are only increasing the cost of the euro-zone crisis in the long term."