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The Definition of - abashment (noun)

    verb (used with object)
    to destroy the self-confidence, poise, or self-possession of; disconcert; make ashamed or embarrassed:
    to abash someone by sneering.

Word Example of - abashment

    Example Sentences for abashment

    He will tell you with pride rather than with abashment that he is an empleado—a State dependent.

    Crimsoning, Alrek fell from his hill of scorn to the valley of abashment.

    It was the preacher, who with many excuses stepped in and with some abashment tried to grind out what he had to say.

    The big fellow, his head hung in abashment, looked up pleadingly.

    And much to my abashment he and the old man fell upon my neck and kissed me on both cheeks.

    The hot blood mounted to the boy's cheek, whether in abashment or in anger would be impossible to say.

    Mr. Garland accepted the introduction with signs of abashment, but stated his business simply.

    If abashed at heart, at least the world should be uninformed of that abashment.

    As soon as Ned and I could recover from our abashment, we also said good morning.

    He dropped the hand that had been lightly resting on her arm, and his dapper air of self-confidence wilted in abashment.

Word Origin & History of - abashment

    Word Origin & History

    abash c.1300, from O.Fr. esbaiss-, stem of esbaer "gape with astonishment," from es "out" + ba(y)er "to be open, gape," from L. *batare "to yawn, gape," from root *bat, possibly imitative of yawning. Bashful is a 16c. derivative.

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