To destroy the self-possession of to confuse or confound as by exciting abruptly a consciousness of guilt blunder or inferiority to place to shame to disconcert to discomfit
- reason enough to be ashamed; cause to feel self-conscious
- To destroy the self-possession of; to confuse oru000du000a confound, as by exciting all of a sudden an awareness of shame, blunder, oru000du000a inferiority; to put to shame; to disconcert; to discomfit.
1. (verb) to hit anything real tough or popular
"perplex, embarrass," very early 15c., earlier in the day "lose one's composure, be upset" (late 14c.), from Old French esbaiss-, present stem of esbaer "gape with astonishment," from es "out" (see ex-) + ba(y)er "becoming open, gape," from Latin *batare "to yawn, gape," from root *bat, perhaps imitative of yawning. Related: Abashed; abashing. Bashful is a 16c. derivative.
(v. t.) To destroy the self-possession of; to confuse or confound, as by exciting out of the blue a consciousness of shame, error, or inferiority; to put to pity; to disconcert; to discomfit.