1 bashfulness, awkwardness, clumsiness, discomposure, abashment, uneasiness, discomfort, self-consciousness, mortification, chagrin:
My embarrassment made me blush.
2 difficulty, mess, predicament, dilemma, problem, trouble, Colloq hot water, pickle, fix, scrape, bind:
Finding them together presented me with a real embarrassment.
3 excess, superfluity, superabundance, over-abundance, embarras de richesse, embarras de choix, oversupply, surplus, profusion:
An embarrassment of options was open to me.
1 feeling of being embarrassed
acute, considerable, great, intense, severe | total | slight
She smiled to hide her slight embarrassment.
| further | obvious | silent
VERB + EMBARRASSMENT
I felt some embarrassment as we shook hands.
| cover, hide | cause | avoid
The government wishes to avoid further embarrassment over the affair.
| blush/flush with, giggle with, squirm with
I still squirm with embarrassment at the thought of it.
| die from/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.
We all watched in silent embarrassment as Mr Rogers started to cry.
| with/without ~
I could finally talk about my problem without embarrassment.
| ~ at
her embarrassment at being found out
| ~ over
the government's embarrassment over the affair
(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
considerable, great, huge, major, serious, severe | potential | financial, political, social
VERB + EMBARRASSMENT
be, become, prove
The protests were becoming something of an embarrassment to the government.
| consider sb/sth
The episode was a huge embarrassment for all concerned.
| ~ to
The poor child was considered an embarrassment to his family.
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