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definition of the word abash

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From Old English abaissen, abaisshen, and abashen, from Old French esbahir, formed from es + bair (to astonish).

to abash

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to abash (third-person singular simple present abashes, present participle abashing, simple past and past participle abashed)

  1. (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.
    "He was a man whom no check could abash." - Macaulay.
  2. (intransitive) (obsolete) To lose self-possession; to become ashamed.

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