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To make someone feel ashamed or embarrassed - thesaurus

Synonyms

embarrass

verb

to make someone feel nervous, ashamed, or stupid in a social situation

humiliate

verb

to make someone feel very embarrassed and ashamed

shame

verb

to make someone feel guilty or embarrassed

inhibit

verb

to make someone feel too embarrassed or not confident enough to behave or speak in a normal way

tease

verb

to say something to someone in order to have fun by embarrassing or annoying them slightly in either a friendly or an unkind way

degrade

verb

to treat someone in a way that makes them stop respecting themselves or that makes other people stop respecting them

crush

verb

to make someone feel disappointed, embarrassed, or upset

wither

verb

to make someone feel silly or ashamed

show up

British to behave in a way that makes someone who you are with feel embarrassed

make someone’s toes curl

to make someone feel extremely embarrassed

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chasten

verb

formal to make someone feel ashamed or less confident

discomfit

verb

literary to make someone feel embarrassed

fluster

verb

to make someone feel confused, embarrassed, or nervous

lay a guilt trip on someone

informal to make someone feel guilty about something

name and shame

to publish embarrassing facts about a person or organization, especially in order to persuade them to change their behaviour or policies

prick

verb

to cause or experience a guilty or embarrassed feeling, when you know you are doing something wrong

put someone on the spot

to ask someone a question that is difficult or embarrassing to answer

put someone/something to shame

to make someone or something seem bad or less impressive by comparison

rag on

to say things in order to make someone feel embarrassed, usually in a friendly way

rib

verb

old-fashioned to joke about someone in a friendly way that makes them slightly embarrassed

shame

verb

to make someone or something seem bad or less impressive by comparison

shame into

to make someone feel so guilty or embarrassed that they do what you want

wrong-foot

verb

British to put someone in a difficult or embarrassing situation by doing or saying something unexpected

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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