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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bash]
    • /əˈbæʃ/
    • /əˈbæʃ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bash]
    • /əˈbæʃ/

Definitions of abash word

  • verb abash to cause to feel ill at ease, embarrassed, or confused; make ashamed 3
  • verb transitive abash to make embarrassed and ill at ease; make self-conscious; disconcert 3
  • verb with object abash to destroy the self-confidence, poise, or self-possession of; disconcert; make ashamed or embarrassed: to abash someone by sneering. 1
  • noun abash Cause to feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed. 1
  • transitive verb abash make ashamed, disconcert 1
  • verb abash (Transitive Verb) To make ashamed; to embarrass; to destroy the self-possession of, as by exciting suddenly a consciousness of guilt, mistake, or inferiority; to disconcert; to discomfit. 0

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Origin of abash

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English abaishen < dialectal Old French abacher, Old French abaissier to put down, bring low (see abase), perhaps conflated with Anglo-French abaiss-, long stem of abair, Old French esba(h)ir to gape, marvel, amaze (es- ex-1 + -ba(h)ir, alteration of baer to open wide, gape < Vulgar Latin *batāre; cf. bay2, bay3)

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abash popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 85% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abash

verb abash

  • rattle — to give out or cause a rapid succession of short, sharp sounds, as in consequence of agitation and repeated concussions: The windows rattled in their frames.
  • disconcert — to disturb the self-possession of; perturb; ruffle: Her angry reply disconcerted me completely.
  • embarrass — Cause (someone) to feel awkward, self-conscious, or ashamed.

Antonyms for abash

verb abash

  • soothe — to tranquilize or calm, as a person or the feelings; relieve, comfort, or refresh: soothing someone's anger; to soothe someone with a hot drink.

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