A Word A Day : Abash

Word of 18th April 2007 : A Word A Day-Abash

Abash

(uh BASH) v: to make ashamed, to embarrass

(Transitive Verb)


• Meredith felt abashed by her inability to remember her lines in the school chorus of
Old McDonald Had a Farm.

• To do something without shame or embarrassment is to do it un-abashedly.

• Ken handed in a term paper that he had unabashedly copied from the National Enquirer.

• His uncivilized behavior in the company fuction
abashed his parents and his relatives.

Synonyms:

1. humiliate

2. humble

3. debase

4. degrade

5. reduce

6. depress

7. mortify

8. denigrate

9. embarrass

10. disconcert

11. astound

12. confound

Contextual Examples:

Napoleon was
humiliated in the Battle of Waterloo by the humble British fleet under Lord Nelson.

You
debase yourself by telling such lies.

Giving up smoking
reduces the risk of heart of disease.

She suffered the
mortification of seeing her assistant promoted above her.

The rise in oil prices will
depress the car market.


Antonyms:

1. immodesty

2. self-esteem

3. self-love

4. self-praise

5. complacency

6. smugness

7. dignified

8. upgrade

9. exalt

Contextual Examples:

The ceremony was
dignified by the presence of ambassador.

He was
exalted as the pillar of the community.

She was
upgraded to the post of senior designer.

In certain modern societies of west,
immodesty has become a part of civilization.

To judge your standing in the society, you must develop
self-esteem.

Self-love and self-praise are the new traits used in modern advertisements.

Word of 18th April 2007 : A Word A Day-Abash

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