embarrassment


embarrassment
noun
1 feeling of being embarrassed
ADJECTIVE
acute, considerable, great
total, utter
slight

She smiled to hide her slight embarrassment.

further
obvious
personal
public

The agreement was made in secret to avoid public embarrassment.

VERB + EMBARRASSMENT
feel

I felt some embarrassment as we shook hands.

suffer

He suffered great personal embarrassment after failing the tests.

cover, hide
cause
risk

Pender decided to risk embarrassment and seek help.

avoid, prevent

The government wishes to avoid further embarrassment over the affair.

blush with, flush with, squirm with (esp. BrE)

I still squirm with embarrassment at the thought of it.

die from, die of (figurative)

I could have died of embarrassment when I saw her standing behind me.

ease, relieve
save sb, spare sb

Helen changed the subject to save me the embarrassment of replying.

PREPOSITION
in embarrassment

We all watched in silent embarrassment as Mr Rogers started to cry.

with embarrassment, without embarrassment

I could finally talk about my problem without embarrassment.

embarrassment at

her embarrassment at being found out

embarrassment over

the government's embarrassment over the affair

PHRASES
(much) to sb's embarrassment

Much to his embarrassment, Mike realized that a small crowd was watching him.

feelings of embarrassment
a flush of embarrassment

A flush of embarrassment came to her cheeks.

a source of embarrassment
2 sb/sth that makes you embarrassed
ADJECTIVE
great, huge, major, serious, severe (esp. BrE)
potential
financial, political, social
national

The president became a national embarrassment.

VERB + EMBARRASSMENT
be, become, prove

The protests were becoming something of an embarrassment to the government.

consider sb/sth
PREPOSITION
embarrassment for

The episode was a huge embarrassment for all concerned.

embarrassment to

The poor child was considered an embarrassment to his family.


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