verb (abash, es)
- (transitive) To make ashamed; to embarrass; to destroy the self-possession of; to confuse or confound, as by exciting suddenly a consciousness of guilt, mistake, or inferiority; to put to shame; to disconcert; to discomfit.
Etymology: From Old English abaissen, abaisshen, abashen, from Old French esbahir, formed from es + bair "to astonish".
- He was a man whom no check could abash. - Macaulay.
- (intransitive) (obsolete) To lose self-possession; to become ashamed.
- Known cognates: French ébahir "to astonish".
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