If something embarrasses a public figure such as a politician or an organization such as a political party, it causes problems for them. The Republicans are trying to embarrass the president by thwarting his economic program
To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to obstruct; as, business is embarrassed; public affairs are embarrassed
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"
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
If something or someone embarrasses you, they make you feel shy or ashamed. His clumsiness embarrassed him It embarrassed him that he had no idea of what was going on
to humiliate; to disrupt somebodys composure or comfort with acting publicly or freely; to disconcert; to abash
To hinder from freedom of thought, speech, or action by something which impedes or confuses mental action; to perplex; to discompose; to disconcert; as, laughter may embarrass an orator
Something that is embarrassing makes you feel shy or ashamed. That was an embarrassing situation for me Men find it embarrassing to be honest. = uncomfortable, awkward + embarrassingly em·bar·rass·ing·ly Stephens had beaten him embarrassingly easily
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
hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment; "awkward (or embarrassing or difficult) moments in the discussion"; "an awkward pause followed his remark"; "a sticky question"; "in the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign"
Something that is embarrassing to a public figure such as a politician or an organization such as a political party causes problems for them. He has put the Bonn government in an embarrassing position The speech was deeply embarrassing to Cabinet ministers. making you feel ashamed, nervous, or uncomfortable
some event that causes someone to be embarrassed; "the outcome of the vote was an embarrassment for the liberals" the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public the state of being embarrassed (usually by some financial inadequacy); "he is currently suffering financial embarrassments
disapproval If you refer to a person as an embarrassment, you mean that you disapprove of them but cannot avoid your connection with them. You have been an embarrassment to us from the day Douglas married you
An embarrassment is an action, event, or situation which causes problems for a politician, political party, government, or other public group. The poverty figures were undoubtedly an embarrassment to the president
[ im-'bar-&s ] (transitive verb.) 1672. From French embarrasser (“to block, to obstruct”) Spanish embarazar, either
* Portuguese embaraçar em- (“in”) (from Latin im-) + baraça (“noose, rope”), related to Celtic barr (“tuft”), or
* Italian imbarazzare imbarazzo (“obstacle, obstruction”) imbarrare (“to block, to bar”) im- (“in”) + barra (“bar”) Vulgar Latin barra, of unknown origin.
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