- (tr; usually passive) to cause to feel ill at ease, embarrassed, or confused; make ashamed
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a•bash (ə bash′),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to destroy the self-confidence, poise, or self-possession of;
make ashamed or embarrassed:to abash someone by sneering.
- 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.
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abash /əˈbæʃ/ vb
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