One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In a manner or to a degree that causes self-consciousness, shame, or awkwardness.‘the lie was embarrassingly exposed last December’as submodifier ‘embarrassingly awful lyrics’sentence adverb ‘another new student whose name, most embarrassingly, escapes me’
- ‘Before I came to Paganism (by way of Google, rather embarrassingly), I was an altar girl at my church.’
- ‘Embarrassingly, this talk makes me feel more hungry than guilty.’
- ‘Buckley's novel, by contrast, is embarrassingly superficial.’
- ‘This a question every musician has been asked, yet it can be embarrassingly difficult to answer.’
- ‘Yet he himself is hardly objective in his analysis and embarrassingly reveals himself as being totally incompetent.’
- ‘Though the film is about sex, there are no embarrassingly frank sex scenes.’
- ‘It isn't embarrassingly inept like his last film, but nor is it more distinguished than an average TV movie.’
- ‘The military embarrassingly admitted that it did not even know whether supposedly secret information seized from the officer was classified.’
- ‘The writing isn't just mediocre - it's embarrassingly bad.’
- ‘Eventually, she requests an audition, but embarrassingly falls flat on her face.’
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