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 for Embarrassed
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Embarrass \Em*bar"rass\ ([e^]m*b[a^]r"ras), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Embarrassed ([e^]m*b[a^]r"rast); p. pr. & vb. n.
     Embarrassing.] [F. embarrasser (cf. Sp. embarazar, Pg.
     embara[,c]ar, Pr. barras bar); pref. em- (L. in) + LL. barra
     bar. See Bar.]
     1. To hinder from freedom of thought, speech, or action by
        something which impedes or confuses mental action; to make
        (a person) unpleasantly self-conscious; to perplex; to
        discompose; to disconcert; as, laughter may embarrass an
        orator. [WordNet sense 1]
     Syn: abash, discompose, disconcert, discomfit, chagrin. [1913
          Webster +PJC]
     2. To hinder from liberty of movement; to impede; to
        obstruct; as, business is embarrassed; public affairs are
        embarrassed. [WordNet sense 2]
     Syn: obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie. [1913
     3. (Com.) To involve in difficulties concerning money
        matters; to incumber with debt; to beset with urgent
        claims or demands; -- said of a person or his affairs; as,
        a man or his business is embarrassed when he can not meet
        his pecuniary engagements.
     Syn: To hinder; perplex; entangle; confuse; puzzle;
          disconcert; abash; distress. -- To Embarrass,
          Puzzle, Perplex. We are puzzled when our faculties
          are confused by something we do not understand. We are
          perplexed when our feelings, as well as judgment, are so
          affected that we know not how to decide or act. We are
          embarrassed when there is some bar or hindrance upon us
          which impedes our powers of thought, speech, or motion.
          A schoolboy is puzzled by a difficult sum; a reasoner is
          perplexed by the subtleties of his opponent; a youth is
          sometimes so embarrassed before strangers as to lose his
          presence of mind.
          [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  embarrassed \embarrassed\ adj.
     1. feeling uneasily or unpleasantly self-conscious due to
        some event or circumstance; as, she was embarrassed by her
        child's tantrums.
     Syn: abashed, self-conscious.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     2. feeling inferior or unworthy and hence unpleasantly
        self-conscious; as, too embarrassed to say hello to his
        drunken father on the street.
     Syn: chagrined, mortified.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious;
             "felt abashed at the extravagant praise"; "chagrined at
             the poor sales of his book"; "was embarrassed by her
             child's tantrums" [syn: abashed, chagrined,
      2: made to feel uncomfortable because of shame or wounded pride;
         "too embarrassed to say hello to his drunken father on the
         street"; "humiliated that his wife had to go out to work";
         "felt mortified by the comparison with her sister" [syn:
         embarrassed, humiliated, mortified]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  142 Moby Thesaurus words for "embarrassed":
     abashed, abroad, adrift, afflicted, agitated, annoyed, anxious,
     ashamed, astray, at sea, badly off, balled-up, beset, bewildered,
     blushful, blushing, bothered, broke, burdened with debt, cast down,
     chagrined, chaotic, chapfallen, clueless, confused, crestfallen,
     crushed, deep in debt, discomfited, discomforted, discomposed,
     disconcerted, disgraced, dismayed, disordered, disorganized,
     disoriented, disquieted, distracted, distraught, distressed,
     disturbed, down to bedrock, encumbered, feeling the pinch, flushed,
     flustered, fluttered, fussed, guessing, hangdog, harassed, hard up,
     humbled, humiliated, hung up, ill at ease, ill off, impecunious,
     in Queer Street, in a fix, in a jumble, in a maze, in a pickle,
     in a pother, in a pucker, in a scrape, in a stew, in a sweat,
     in a swivet, in a tizzy, in debt, in difficulties,
     in embarrassed circumstances, in hock, in narrow circumstances,
     in reduced circumstances, in straitened circumstances, in the hole,
     in the red, inconvenienced, indebted, insolvent, involved, irked,
     jumbled, land-poor, lost, mazed, mixed-up, mortgaged, mortified,
     narrow, off the track, on the edge, out of countenance,
     out of pocket, perplexed, perturbed, pinched, plagued,
     plunged in debt, poor, poorly off, put to it, put-out, put-upon,
     puzzled, rattled, red, red-faced, reduced, ruddy, ruffled,
     self-conscious, shaken, shamed, shamefaced, shamefast, sheepish,
     shook, short, short of cash, short of funds, short of money,
     shuffled, sore beset, squeezed, straitened, strapped, tied up,
     troubled, turned around, uncomfortable, uneasy, unmoneyed,
     unprosperous, unsettled, upset, vexed, without a clue, worried

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