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Adjective: embarrassing  em'behr-u-sing [N. Amer], em'ba-ru-sing [Brit]
  1. Causing to feel shame, chagrin or vexation
    "the embarrassing moment when she found her petticoat down around her ankles";
    - mortifying
     
  2. Hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment
    "embarrassing moments in the discussion";
    - awkward, sticky, unenviable
Verb: embarrass  em'behr-us [N. Amer], em'ba-rus [Brit]
  1. Cause to be embarrassed; cause to feel self-conscious
    "One would think that Owen's failure even to pick up the hammer at the bell-ringing contest would thoroughly embarrass him, but he laughed about it";
    - abash
     
  2. Hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    "His brother embarrassed him at every turn";
    - obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy

See also: cringeworthy, difficult, hard, unpleasant

Type of: discomfit, discompose, disconcert, forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, untune, upset

Encyclopedia: Embarrassing

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