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Usage examples for abash

  1. How they abash this poor plain Christ, here; he would like to get behind the pillar; he knows that he could never lend himself to the baroque style. – Their Silver Wedding Journey by William Dean Howells
  2. Any sense of inferiority abashes, with or without the sense of wrong. The poor are abashed at the splendor of wealth, the ignorant at the learning of the wise. " I might have been abashed by their authority." Gladstone Homeric Synchron., p. 72. [ H. '76.] To confuse is to bring into a state of mental bewilderment; to confound is to overwhelm the mental faculties; to daunt is to subject to a certain degree of fear. Embarrass is a strong word, signifying primarily hamper, hinder, impede. A solitary thinker may be confused by some difficulty in a subject, or some mental defect; one is embarrassed in the presence of others, and because of their presence. Confusion is of the intellect, embarrassment of the feelings. A witness may be embarrassed by annoying personalities, so as to become confused in statements. To mortify a person is to bring upon him a painful sense of humiliation, whether because of his own or another's fault or failure. A pupil is confused by a perplexing question, a general confounded by overwhelming defeat. A hostess is discomposed by the tardiness of guests, a speaker disconcerted by a failure of memory. The criminal who is not abashed at detection may be daunted by the officer's weapon. Sudden joy may bewilder, but will not abash The true worshiper is humbled rather than abashed before God. The parent is mortified by the child's rudeness, the child abashed at the parent's reproof. The embarrassed speaker finds it difficult to proceed. The mob is overawed by the military, the hypocrite shamed by exposure. " A man whom no denial, no scorn could abash Fielding Amelia bk. iii, ch. 9, p. 300. [ B. & amp; S. '71.] Compare CHAGRIN; HINDER. –  by
  3. As I said before, those gentlemen- rascals are hard to abash – Francezka by Molly Elliot Seawell
  4. Divers flocks of clouds, camp- followers of the storm, could not abash her. – Parables Of A Province by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 13, 2009
  5. From this moment I abjure pessimism and cynicism in all their forms, put from my mind all considerations of the complexities of human life, unravel all by a triumphant optimism which no statistics can abash or criticism dishearten. – The Quest of the Golden Girl by Richard le Gallienne
  6. The note of plain direct sincerity which was Page's hallmark never failed to arrest her attention, a little to arouse her wonder, and occasionally, for a reason that she did not like to dwell upon, somewhat to abash her. – The Bent Twig by Dorothy Canfield
  7. It took a great deal to abash a mind like Hazlet's. – Julian Home by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  8. Why, yes, Lord Fawn, said Lady Glencora, whom nothing could abash most interesting. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  9. Even the supreme solemnity of the Wafer borne through the kneeling streets cannot abash the trustful gaze of childhood. – Spanish Highways and Byways by Katharine Lee Bates
  10. Did a new canvas never deter or abash him? – A Wanderer in Paris by E. V. Lucas
  11. The wealthy look of the place, however, did not seem to abash me, for the atmosphere of refinement in which I found myself recalled old days; and the thoughts of the past seemed strengthened, as I was ushered into a prettily furnished little drawing- room, all bright with flowers, water- colour drawings, and books, from a table strewn with which latter Miss Carr arose to welcome me. – The Story of Antony Grace by George Manville Fenn
  12. It did not abash the Dutchman. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  13. When the Genoways were assembled together and began to approach, they made a great leap and cry to abash the Englishmen, but they stood still and stirred not for all that; then the Genoways again the second time made another leap and a fell cry, and stept forward a little, and the Englishmen removed not one foot; thirdly, again they leapt and cried, and went forth till they came within shot; then they shot fiercely with their cross- bows. – The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VII (of X)--Continental Europe I by Various
  14. When the Genoese were assembled together and began to approach, they made a great cry to abash the Englishmen, but they stood still and stirred not for all that; then the Genoese again the second time made another fell cry, and stept forward a little, and the Englishmen removed not one foot; thirdly, again they cried, and went forth till they came within shot; then they shot fiercely with their cross- bows. – Chaucer and His England by G. G. Coulton
  15. But if they did not steal it, if the moral glories of Christianity are not sprung from deliberate mendacity, why was the body not produced, to abash the wild dreams of their fanaticism? – The Gospel According to St. Mark by G. A. Chadwick
  16. A hearty supper was ready for them in the dining- room, presided over by Josephine and her daughters, whose presence seemed at first to abash my warriors of the torch. – The Opinions of a Philosopher by Robert Grant
  17. With that extreme mental agility which is characteristic of busy sovereigns all the force of this clever woman's mind was turned for a moment on Christopher, whose Idea had by this time invested him with a dignity which no amount of regal state could abash – Christopher Columbus, Complete by Filson Young
  18. Then with a dignified nod calculated to abash a man in Mr. Gryce's position, inquired, " Is that all?" – A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

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