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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: embarrasser, from Spanish embarazar, perhaps from Vulgar Latin barra 'bar'


em‧bar‧rass [transitive]
1 to make someone feel ashamed, nervous, or uncomfortable, especially in front of other people:
He didn't want to embarrass her by asking questions.
2PP to do something that causes problems for a government, political organization, or politician, and makes them look bad:
The revelations in the press have embarrassed the government.

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