July 26, 2014 - Word of the Day: embarrass
This is a good choice for Word of the Day because it's such a common feeling among human beings. When you feel embarrassed, you feel shame, humiliation, discomfort, or shyness.
In the form of a verb, you can use it like this:
- The mistakes he made in the assignment embarrassed him.
- Her father embarrasses her whenever he speaks because his level of education is so low.
- It embarrasses me to wear these pants because there's a big hole near the back pocket.
- Please stop talking about that situation. It embarrasses me.
- He was embarrassed by the mistake. (passive voice)
- The mistake embarrassed him. (active voice)
The word "embarrass" is commonly heard as an adjective. In this case, you can use "embarrassed" or "embarrassing."
- There were a few embarrassing moments during the wedding ceremony.
- His entire family feels embarrassed.
- This is so embarrassing.
- The young woman made an embarrassing error.
- An embarrassed teacher admitted her mistakes to her students.
To make the noun, add "ment" to "embarrass."
- This is such an embarrassment.
- What an embarrassment!
- It will take several months for her to get over this embarrassment.
- The performance was terrible, and all the actors felt an enormous amount of embarrassment because they had not rehearsed their lines well enough.
He feels so embarrassed.
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