Definition of Embarrassing

1. Adjective. Hard to deal with; especially causing pain or embarrassment. "In the unenviable position of resorting to an act he had planned to save for the climax of the campaign"

Exact synonyms: Awkward, Sticky, Unenviable
Similar to: Difficult, Hard
Derivative terms: Awkwardness

2. Adjective. Causing to feel shame or chagrin or vexation. "It was mortifying to know he had heard every word"
Exact synonyms: Mortifying
Similar to: Unpleasant

Definition of Embarrassing

1. Verb. (present participle of embarrass) ¹

2. Noun. The action of the verb '''to embarrass'''. ¹

3. Adjective. causing embarrassment; makes you feel shy or ashamed; leading to a feeling of uncomfortable self-consciousness ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Embarrassing

1. embarrass [v] - See also: embarrass

Lexicographical Neighbors of Embarrassing

embarkee
embarkees
embarkest
embarketh
embarking
embarkment
embarkments
embarks
embarrasing
embarred
embarring
embars
embase
embased

Literary usage of Embarrassing

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of England, from the Accession of James the Second by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay (1886)
"Those historians who have severely reprehended this inconsistency do not appear to have made sufficient allowance for the embarrassing situation of subjects ..."

2. The Origin of the Late War: Traced from the Beginning of the Constitution to by George Lunt (1866)
"His embarrassing Position.—Unanimous Vote of Approbation by the Legislature ... The situation was peculiarly embarrassing ; for he could count upon little ..."

3. The History of England from the Accession of James II. by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay, Samuel Austin Allibone (1875)
"Those historians who have severely reprehended this inconsistency do not appear to have made sufficient allowance for the embarrassing situation of subjects ..."

4. Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan by John Lloyd Stephens (1858)
"An embarrassing Situation. —The Constituent Assembly.—Military Police. AT peep of day I bathed in the Motagua. In the mean time the deaf and dumb boy ..."

5. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1849)
"The position of Germany, although calmer on the surface, is as difficult, as embarrassing, as much in the " cleft stick,'1 as when we speculated upon it ..."

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