abash

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
a•bash  (ə bash),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to destroy the self-confidence, poise, or self-possession of;
    disconcert;
    make ashamed or embarrassed:to abash someone by sneering.
a•bashment, n. 
  • Vulgar Latin *batāre; compare bay2, bay3)
  • dialect, dialectal Old French abacher, Old French abaissier to put down, bring low (see abase), perh. conflated with Anglo-French abaiss-, long stem of abair, Old French esba(h)ir to gape, marvel, amaze (es- ex-1 + -ba(h)ir, alteration of baer to open wide, gape
  • Middle English abaishen 1275–1325
    shame, discompose, embarrass.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abash /əˈbæʃ/ vb
  1. (tr; usually passive) to cause to feel ill at ease, embarrassed, or confused; make ashamed
Etymology: 14th Century: via Norman French from Old French esbair to be astonished, from es- out + bair to gape, yawn
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