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Definition of embarrassment noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] shy, awkward, or guilty feelings; a feeling of being embarrassed I nearly died of embarrassment when he said that. I'm glad you offered—it saved me the embarrassment of having to ask. Much to her embarrassment, she realized that everybody had been listening to her singing.
  2. 2[countable] embarrassment (to/for somebody) a situation that causes problems for someone Her resignation will be a severe embarrassment to the party.
  3. 3[countable] embarrassment (to somebody) a person who causes problems for another person or other people and makes them feel embarrassed Poor Lucy! He's such an embarrassment to her.
  4. Idioms
    an embarrassment of riches
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    so many good things that it is difficult to choose just one The town has an embarrassment of riches to offer tourists.
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