V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to make someone feel embarrassed, ashamed, or uncomfortable
Synonyms: confound, discomfit, shame, embarrass
Antonyms: embolden, reassure
Tips: Abash is derived from the old French abaissier, "to lower." Think of someone lowering his head in shame or of lowering his head because he is embarrassed or uncomfortable. The adjective abashed refers to feeling self-conscious and may be seen more often than the verb. The adverb form is abashedly.
Carol was abashed at her children's rowdy behavior. (embarrassed, ashamed) adjective
"I really shouldn't have done that," John said abashedly. (in an ashamed manner) adverb
In the presence of the company president, I felt quite abashed and timid. (embarrassed, self-conscious) adjective
She was abashed at his words because his gratitude was so lavish and because she felt it was undeserved. (ashamed, embarrassed) adjective
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