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Uncomfortable or embarrassed.
awkward, uneasy, uncomfortable, self-conscious, out of place, unnatural, inhibited, gauche, strainedembarrassed, shy, bashful, blushing, retiring, shrinkingunsure, uncertain, unsettled, hesitant, falteringrestless, restive, fidgety, unrelaxed, disquieted, disturbed, discomfited, troubled, worried, anxious, on edge, edgy, nervous, tense, on tenterhooksapprehensive, distrustfulnervyfazed, discombobulated, twitchy, on pins and needles, jitteryantsyunquietView synonyms
- ‘She had become very uncomfortable and ill at ease when visiting her parents and suffered chronic tension.’
- ‘Why did he seem so ill at ease, so uncomfortable with the role he had to play?’
- ‘Russians, for historical reasons, can be acutely ill at ease with the idea of expounding uncomfortable truths in a formal setting.’
- ‘Any white person expressing such ideas is obviously a buttoned up racist, ill at ease with the realities of multicultural Britain and its vibrant black youth culture.’
- ‘The world depicted is a fascinating one, and we gaze upon it with rapt attention, even as the disquieting mood of the film keeps us ill at ease.’
- ‘Worse than that, everybody felt ill at ease and unsure how to behave in front of the former enemy.’
- ‘It made him uncomfortable and ill at ease, and he felt she was trying to keep him there in the pilothouse.’
- ‘She feels awkward, ill at ease, and even intruded upon.’
- ‘She sits isolated, straining at the boundaries of the picture, thoroughly ill at ease with her space.’
- ‘I just shifted in my seat, feeling very nervous, and ill at ease.’
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