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  • verb Present participle of abash.


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  • Their sales agents would advice you to chose the appropriate auto allotment if you accept any abashing over it.

    Used Auto Part 2008

  • That, of course, is a very abashing situation to any man; the condition is likewise a potential wrecker of any marriage.

    Erectile Dysfunction: Psychological Complexities and Physical Difficulties as Causes 2008

  • It was not so much the particular rebuff which she had just experienced, but the whole abashing trend of the day.

    Sister Carrie 2004

  • They will meet his attack by bringing up their authorities as a way of abashing him — argumentum ad verecundiam, and then cry out that they have won the battle.

    The Art of Literature 2004

  • Who does not perceive that arguments of this kind are employed for the purpose of abashing and unsettling the minds of ignorant and inexperienced hearers; that, being blinded by a certain fear and stupor, they may not be able to form a judgment on the truth, nay, that they may not dare to touch the matter under controversy, through a vain fear of heresy!

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 2 1560-1609 1956

  • Webster, -- on whose ponderous brow and fixed abashing eyes is set the despotism of intellect; Silas Wright, -- a well-grown and cultivated specimen of the ordinary statesman; Henry Clay and

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851 Various

  • I had picked out of the street, and warmed and fed, playing the condescending, reserved lady, forsooth! and abashing and humbling me by her d---- d lofty, proud looks!

    Venus in Boston; A Romance of City Life George Thompson

  • She fell to rocking herself again and twisting the sheet in an outrageous abandonment of despair that was abashing because it was so naked.

    Star-Dust Fannie Hurst 1928

  • A flush that she could feel rush up and that would not be controlled threw her into a state of agitation that was almost abashing to behold.

    Humoresque A Laugh on Life with a Tear Behind It Fannie Hurst 1928

  • Tea that afternoon was that strangest of phenomena, a formal ceremony of civilized life performed in the abashing and disconcerting presence of naked emotion.

    The Bent Twig Dorothy Canfield Fisher 1918


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