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EMBARRASSING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does embarrassing mean? 

EMBARRASSING (adjective)
  The adjective EMBARRASSING has 2 senses:

1. hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
2. causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation

  Familiarity information: EMBARRASSING used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EMBARRASSING (adjective)


Sense 1embarrassing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment

Synonyms:

embarrassing; unenviable; sticky; awkward

Context examples:

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

Similar:

difficult; hard (not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure)


Sense 2embarrassing [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation

Synonyms:

mortifying; embarrassing

Context examples:

the embarrassing moment when she found her petticoat down around her ankles / it was mortifying to know he had heard every word

Similar:

unpleasant (disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings)


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