embarrass


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embarrass

 [em-bar´as]
to impede the function of; to obstruct.

embarrass

(ĕm-băr′ăs)
To interfere with or compromise function.
References in classic literature ?
And dear, dear, to think of it: I was the only embarrassed person there.
"No, my dear boy" (the count, too, felt embarrassed. He knew he had mismanaged his wife's property and was to blame toward his children, but he did not know how to remedy it).
Lord Dawlish, if he had been able to diagnose correctly the almost paternal attitude which had become his host's normal manner these days, would have been equally embarrassed but less startled, for conscience had already suggested to him from time to time that he had been guilty of a feeling toward Elizabeth warmer than any feeling that should come to an engaged man.
No--she had not been so much embarrassed as I had supposed.
There he again appeared uneasy and embarrassed, and stopped for the third time.
"Then what is to be done, monsieur?" said Planchet, greatly embarrassed.
But what embarrassed Philip most was that she was heavily powdered: he had very strict views on feminine behaviour and did not think a lady ever powdered; but of course Miss Wilkinson was a lady because she was a clergyman's daughter, and a clergyman was a gentleman.
The captain, more and more embarrassed, fell back upon the subject of the tapestry,--"'Tis, in sooth, a charming work!" he exclaimed.
If nothing comes, I shall only fail, and you will, at the worst, have helped me by doing, on your arrival in town, whatever you may have found possible." So I put it before her, but she continued for a little so inscrutably embarrassed that I came again to her aid.
Very much embarrassed, after having vainly exhausted our speaking resources, I knew not what part to take, when Conseil said:
Would you mind" (this to Sylvie, in a low voice, and looking a little shy and embarrassed) "would you mind the trouble of just throwing that stick for me to fetch?"
She could not have called it either cold or friendly, or anything so certainly as embarrassed.