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.

Usage Examples:

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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