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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bash]
    • /əˈbæʃ/
    • /ə.ˈbæ.ʃmənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bash]
    • /əˈbæʃ/

Definitions of abashment word

  • verb with object abashment to destroy the self-confidence, poise, or self-possession of; disconcert; make ashamed or embarrassed: to abash someone by sneering. 1
  • noun abashment The state of being abashed; embarrassment from shame. (First attested from 1350 to 1470.). 1

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Origin of abashment

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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abashment 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.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for abashment

noun abashment

  • distress — great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble.
  • discomposure — the state of being discomposed; disorder; agitation; perturbation.
  • confusion — If there is confusion about something, it is not clear what the true situation is, especially because people believe different things.
  • chagrin — Chagrin is a feeling of disappointment, upset, or annoyance, perhaps because of your own failure.
  • shame — the painful feeling arising from the consciousness of something dishonorable, improper, ridiculous, etc., done by oneself or another: She was overcome with shame.

Antonyms for abashment

noun abashment

  • happiness — the quality or state of being happy.
  • pleasure — the state or feeling of being pleased.

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