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abash (uh BAHSH) (verb), abashes; abashed; abashing
To embarrass or to destroy a person's self confidence; to disconcert someone by upsetting his or her composure: The violinist was abashed when the string on her violin broke right in the middle of her recital.
To confound and to confuse a person.
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To confuse and to destroy one's self confidence.
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To destroy one's self-confidence or to confuse or confound someone. (2)
abashed (uh BAHSH'd) (adjective), more abashed, most abashed
1. Embarrassed, ashamed, or self conscious: William was abashed because he forgot his wife's birthday.

Matilda's abashed reaction was obvious when she was asked about what kind of job she had.

2. Etymology: Bah! was an exclamation of astonishment in Old French. The English word abashed comes from Old French esbahir, "to get a bah out of someone" or "expressing impatient rejection or contempt".
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