Definition of embarrassment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    embarrassment

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ɪmˈbærəsmənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈbærəsmənt//
     
    Embarrassment
     
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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. See related entries: Embarrassment
  2. 2  [countable] embarrassment (to/for somebody) a situation which causes problems for somebody 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. Extra examples He suffered great personal embarrassment after failing the tests. Helen changed the subject to save me the embarrassment of replying. I could finally talk about my problem without embarrassment. I could have died of embarrassment when I saw her standing behind me. I felt some embarrassment as we shook hands. I still squirm with embarrassment at the thought of it. Much to his embarrassment, Mike realized that a small crowd was watching him. Pender decided to risk embarrassment and seek help. She smiled to hide her slight embarrassment. The agreement was made in secret to avoid public embarrassment. The episode was a huge embarrassment for all concerned. The government wishes to avoid further embarrassment over the affair. The poor child was considered an embarrassment to his family. The president became a national embarrassment. The protests were becoming something of an embarrassment to the government. We all watched in silent embarrassment as Mr Rogers started to cry. her embarrassment at being found out the government’s embarrassment over the affair His resignation will be a severe embarrassment to the party. I’m glad you offered—it saved me the embarrassment of having to ask. Much to her embarrassment she realized that everybody in the room had heard her.Idioms
    an embarrassment of riches
     
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    so many good things that it is difficult to choose just one Stratford has an embarrassment of riches, really, what with three theatres and lovely countryside, too.
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