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  • adjective Embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of abash.

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  • adjective feeling or caused to feel uneasy and self-conscious


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  • "Do I interrupt a rehearsal?" he asked; but there was nothing in the way he walked across the room to Hilda Howe to suggest that the idea abashed him.

    Hilda A Story of Calcutta Sara Jeannette Duncan

  • [28] Mr. Bain (` The Emotions and the Will, 'p. 64) has discussed the "abashed" feelings experienced on these occasions, as well as the stage-fright of actors unused to the stage.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals 1898

  • Lanon de Larenaudiere, Président du Tribunal, &c. It is not possible for me to convey to you a notion of the warmth, cordiality, and joyousness of heart, that marked the reception which this gentleman instantly gave me: and I will frankly own that I was as much "abashed" as ever our ancient friend Caxton had been -- in the presence of his patroness the Duchess of

    A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One Thomas Frognall Dibdin 1811

  • But at least DeNiro has the grace to look abashed, which is more than can be said about Pacino ( 2008

  • But at least DeNiro has the grace to look abashed, which is more than can be said about Pacino ( 2008

  • The sun had an angry look, and a few light, fleecy "nigger-heads" in that quarter seemed abashed and frightened and soon disappeared.

    Story of a Typhoon off the Coast of Japan 2010

  • "What did you think of the —" He hesitated, abashed at his first attempt to use a strange word.

    Chapter 14 2010

  • Nothing abashed him, nor was he appalled by the display and culture and power around him.

    Chapter I 2010

  • I spent the ride home abashed and fuming at myself, and at Mary, and at the confusion I felt again with this case.

    Deadly Julie Chibbaro 2011

  • Once, the director says, he was editing the little-girl-in-the-well scene—a staple of Burmeister productions—when he was abashed to discover that he had inadvertently shot the girl standing alongside the firemen outside the hole.

    The 'Ed Wood of the Pampas' Gives New Meaning to Low-Budget Films Matt Moffett 2011


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  • "Oh, you've heard that before," I said, a little abashed. -Charlaine Harris, Living Dead in Dallas

    December 11, 2010