Meaning of “embarrassment” in the English Dictionary

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"embarrassment" in British English

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embarrassmentnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪmˈbær.əs.mənt/ us /ɪmˈber.əs.mənt/

B2 the feeling of being embarrassed, or something that makes you feel embarrassed:

She blushed with embarrassment.
My parents are an embarrassment to me!

More examples

  • I could have died of embarrassment.
  • He rustled his papers to hide his embarrassment.
  • Luckily, I was spared the embarrassment of having to sing in front of everyone.
  • Nobody spoke for at least five minutes and Rachel squirmed in her chair with embarrassment.
  • She felt acute embarrassment at his behaviour.

(Definition of “embarrassment” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)