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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Em·bar·rass v. t. [imp. & p. p. Embarrassed p. pr. & vb. n. Embarrassing.]
 1. To hinder from freedom of thought, speech, or action by something which impedes or confuses mental action; to make (a person) unpleasantly self-conscious; to perplex; to discompose; to disconcert; as, laughter may embarrass an orator. [wns=1]
 Syn: -- abash, discompose, disconcert, discomfit, chagrin.
 2. To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct; as, business is embarrassed; public affairs are embarrassed. [wns=2]
 Syn: -- obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie.
 3. Com. To involve in difficulties concerning money matters; to incumber with debt; to beset with urgent claims or demands; -- said of a person or his affairs; as, a man or his business is embarrassed when he can not meet his pecuniary engagements.
 Syn: -- To hinder; perplex; entangle; confuse; puzzle; disconcert; abash; distress. -- To Embarrass, Puzzle, Perplex. We are puzzled when our faculties are confused by something we do not understand. We are perplexed when our feelings, as well as judgment, are so affected that we know not how to decide or act. We are embarrassed when there is some bar or hindrance upon us which impedes our powers of thought, speech, or motion. A schoolboy is puzzled by a difficult sum; a reasoner is perplexed by the subtleties of his opponent; a youth is sometimes so embarrassed before strangers as to lose his presence of mind.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious; "felt
             abashed at the extravagant praise"; "chagrined at the
             poor sales of his book"; "was embarrassed by her
             child's tantrums" [syn: abashed, chagrined]
      2: caused to feel self-conscious and uncomfortable; "was
         discomfited by the personal questions"; "the child felt
         embarrassed by the attention of the adults" [syn: discomfited]
      3: made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded
         pride; "too embarrassed to say hello to his drunken father
         on the street"; "humiliated that his wife had to go out to
         work"; "felt mortified by the comparison with her sister"
         [syn: humiliated, mortified]