• WordNet 3.6
    • n embarrassment extreme excess "an embarrassment of riches"
    • n embarrassment some event that causes someone to be embarrassed "the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment for the liberals"
    • n embarrassment the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public
    • n embarrassment the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy) "he is currently suffering financial embarrassments"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When Scott Paper Co. first started manufacturing toilet paper they did not put their name on the product because of embarrassment
    • Embarrassment 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. "The embarrassment which inexperienced minds have often to express themselves upon paper.""The embarrassments tom commerce growing out of the late regulations."
    • Embarrassment Difficulty or perplexity arising from the want of money to pay debts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n embarrassment Perplexity; intricacy; entanglement; involvement, as by debt or unfavorable circumstances.
    • n embarrassment Perplexity or confusion of mind; bewilderment; discomposure; abashment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Embarrassment perplexity or confusion: difficulties in money matters
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  • Katharine Hepburn
    “It's a business you go into because you're an egocentric. It's a very embarrassing profession.”
  • Mark Twain
    “I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.”
  • Voltaire
    “The world embarrasses me, and I cannot dream that this watch exists and has no watchmaker.”
  • Andy Warhol
    “Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details.”
  • Robert C. Byrd
    Robert C. Byrd
    “Do not run a campaign that would embarrass your mother.”
  • Lord Byron
    “He scratched his ear, the infallible resource to which embarrassed people have recourse.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. embarrassement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. embarrasserem, in, barre, bar.


In literature:

The conversation soon turned upon the state of affairs at Brothertown, and I speedily forgot my embarrassment.
"Thirty Years in the Itinerancy" by Wesson Gage Miller
He asked her how she had come to think such a thing, and was perplexed by her embarrassments.
"Evelyn Innes" by George Moore
Alicia was still at Tallyn, and her presence was, in truth, a constant embarrassment to him.
"The Testing of Diana Mallory" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Her companion did not embarrass her by his lack of responsiveness as he embarrassed most people.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
But the very isolation he seeks, in depriving him of moral support, increases his embarrassment.
"Poise: How to Attain It" by D. Starke
It appeared to embarrass neither.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
And that look embarrassed her.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
No scruples embarrassed Ryder in arriving at this determination.
"The Lion and The Mouse" by Charles Klein
All this talk is merely for the sake of saving you needless embarrassment.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
Then there was a very embarrassing pause.
"Vandover and the Brute" by Frank Norris

In poetry:

in spite of our embarrassment.
Costume and custom are complex.
The headgear of the other sex
inspires us to experiment.
"Exchanging Hats" by Elizabeth Bishop
Of all the tiresome steeds that are
The jibber is the worst by far.
He stands and contemplates the scene--
An act embarrassing and mean.
"Jibbing" by Mary Tourtel
Minnie and Maud across my Flight will wing,
Birdie and Bess and Gwendolyn will bring
A Score of Other Pasts and make a Scene,
To say the Least, a Bit Embarrassing.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
THEY carried ladders for the escalade,
And each was furnished with a tempered blade;
No other thing embarrassing they'd got;
No drums; but all was silent as the grot.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine
As for those Poltroons, howe'er high their Station;
Who, as Cowards,—or Knaves,—embarrass the Nation;
Who Fighting avoid,—or when Fighting do run;
Let them swing in a Halter, or die by a Gun.
"An Antigallican Song" by Cornelius Arnold
To me she is the flower Krishnakali,
whatever she may be called by others.
In a field in Maynapara village
I saw the dark girl's dark gazelle-eyes.
She did not cover her head,
not having the time to feel embarrassed.
"Krishnakali" by Rabindranath Tagore

In news:

It's called "My Video for Briona", and it's so awful it's almost too embarrassing to watch.
'Veep's' Julia Louis- Dreyfus on Her Embarrassing Woody Allen Moment.
Thanks to a certain Alaskan, woman's journey to the White House will forever have an embarrassing footnote left over from the 2008 election.
In the hours after the Republican challenger Mitt Romney embarrassed the incumbent in their first meeting, Obama loyalists expressed puzzlement that the incumbent had done badly.
The former sheriff of Arapahoe County in Colorado, Patrick Sullivan, had an embarrassing moment last month.
Not every Hollywood star will admit to wearing Spanx, but several of them have accidently revealed their not exactly sexy shapewear through embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions.
Soccer Star Gets Embarrassingly Sweaty at Press Conference.
The Court's Embarrassingly Bad Decisions.
Anne Hathaway's Embarrassingly Sincere Karaoke Song Makes It Into Les Mis Trailer (Video).
A few might say he's embarrassed about his appearance.
They would have been too embarrassed to ask for help, if they needed it.
Do you still have to get 'cover items' when grabbing an embarrassing product at the zombie-apocalypse drugstore.
Hawks forward is eager to leave embarrassing episode behind and keep from repeating it.
Oh, sure, there are the billions in revenues, the embarrassingly dominant market share in huge sectors like operating systems and the picturesque surroundings of Greater Seattle around the company's headquarters.
A Broward County woman was arrested on extortion charges after authorities said she threatened to release embarrassing information about the family who founded Claire's Stores unless she was paid millions of dollars.

In science:

All these problems are not really embarrassing for the irradiatedtruncated DIM for LMXBT outbursts: it requires only a truncation, an inner ‘end’ of the disc.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
We are currently (apparently) in the embarrassing situation of, at least claiming to, understand the properties of distant high-redshift galaxies better than those in the nearby Universe.
Observational Evidence for Galaxy Evolution in the Local Group
This situation is even more embarrassing if compared to what happens in the case of central charm production, where QCD seems to work considerably better, even if, due to the smaller mass of the c quark, one should expect the contrary to happen 1 .
Hadronic physics and QCD: status and future
Most of the theoretical studies operate in the shadow of the cosmological constant problem, the most embarrassing hierarchy problem in physics.
35 Years of Testing Relativistic Gravity: Where do we go from here?
Most of the theoretical studies operate in the shadow of the cosmological constant problem, the most embarrassing hierarchy problem in physics.
New Concept for Testing General Relativity: The Laser Astrometric Test of Relativity (LATOR) Mission