What does embarrassment mean?

Definitions for embarrassment
ɛmˈbær əs məntem·bar·rass·ment

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word embarrassment.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. embarrassment(noun)

    the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public

  2. embarrassment(noun)

    the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy)

    "he is currently suffering financial embarrassments"

  3. embarrassment(noun)

    some event that causes someone to be embarrassed

    "the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment for the liberals"

  4. overplus, plethora, superfluity, embarrassment(noun)

    extreme excess

    "an embarrassment of riches"


  1. embarrassment(Noun)

    A state of discomfort arising from bashfulness or consciousness of having violated a social rule; humiliation.

  2. embarrassment(Noun)

    A state of confusion arising from hesitation or difficulty in choosing.

  3. embarrassment(Noun)

    A person or thing which is the cause of humiliation to another.

  4. embarrassment(Noun)

    Impairment of function due to disease: respiratory embarrassment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Embarrassment(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

    Etymology: [F. embarrassement.]

  2. Embarrassment(noun)

    difficulty or perplexity arising from the want of money to pay debts

    Etymology: [F. embarrassement.]


  1. Embarrassment

    Embarrassment is an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself, experienced upon having a socially unacceptable act or condition witnessed by or revealed to others. Usually some amount of loss of honor or dignity is involved, but how much and the type depends on the embarrassing situation. It is similar to shame, except that shame may be experienced for an act known only to oneself. Also, embarrassment usually carries the connotation of being caused by an act that is merely socially unacceptable, rather than morally wrong.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'embarrassment' in Nouns Frequency: #2452

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of embarrassment in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of embarrassment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of embarrassment in a Sentence

  1. Jim Kenney:

    Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our president is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.

  2. Margaret Oliphant Oliphant:

    Perhaps, on the whole, embarrassment and perplexity are a kind of natural accompaniment to life and movement; and it is better to be driven out of your senses with thinking which of two things you ought to do than to do nothing whatever, and be utterly uninteresting to all the world.

  3. Donald Trump:

    He's an embarrassment to the Bush family, and in fact he doesn't even want to use the Bush name, which is interesting, jeb is an embarrassment to himself and his family, and the Republican Party has essentially -- they're not even listening to Jeb.

  4. Bradley Byrne:

    It's going to be hard to get elected in a Republican primary in Alabama when a Republican president with over 90 % approval rating among primary voters has said just the last few weeks that Jeff Sessions is an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama. He's going to have a hard time with that.

  5. Paul Reiser:

    I think that’s part of what makes this show so special and unique, nobody else has it. To be able to use actual footage of Johnny as the show these characters are creating and making every night, it really gives it authenticity… And for me, it was just an extra bonus of joy to go through these clips and pick them out. It was an embarrassment of riches. Most of them I haven’t even seen. A lot of them I remembered, but haven’t watched in 40 years. Not only do you see these guests again, but you can watch Johnny’s skill. He was just so good. He really set the standard.

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  • притеснение, смущение, объркване, стеснениеBulgarian
  • avergonyimentCatalan, Valencian
  • VerlegenheitGerman
  • vergüenzaSpanish
  • hämmennys, häpeä, nolostuminen, kiusaantuneisuus, häpeäksi, häpeäpilkkuFinnish
  • (être la) honte (de), embarrasFrench
  • imbarazzoItalian
  • ته‌ریقیKurdish
  • verlegenheidDutch
  • jenăRomanian
  • позо́р, смуще́ние, поме́ха, позо́рище, конфу́з, замеша́тельство, затрудне́ниеRussian
  • 困窘Chinese

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