Say you're trying to lie to someone about why you weren't in class or whatever. You blurt out the first excuse that comes to mind (maybe like "I caught typhoid fever", or something similarly hard to believe) but once you've said it, you immediately realize how terrible of a lie that was. So the (negative) emotion you'd get in that moment would be...?

The closest phrase I can find is "instant regret" but I swear to God there's an actual word for this feeling. It's not flustered, embarrassed, ashamed, humiliated, or any of the other synonyms for 'embarrassed' I can find.

An example that encapsulates that moment is the famous, We're all fine here scene from Star Wars

Also just realized it's probably an adjective I'm looking for and not a noun. D'oh!

  • Failure to put brain in gear before putting mouth into motion.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 9, 2018 at 4:04
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    Homer Simpson would say, "Doh!" But, really, this question is too broad as it currently stands. Also, your addition of ignosecond isn't a feeling . . . Nov 9, 2018 at 4:05
  • true, I'll try to be more specific
    – cosmo
    Nov 9, 2018 at 4:08
  • There's no need to write what you have changed or modified in your post. Anyone can see its history by clicking on the timestamp. The video clip BTW is perfect, love it!
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 9, 2018 at 6:40
  • thanks! probably should've guessed the edit history is visible, :p
    – cosmo
    Nov 9, 2018 at 6:55

2 Answers 2


Chagrined, I believe, is what you're after. A hit of embarrasment, a bit of shame, and oh, that regret.

chagrin verb (be chagrined) Feel distressed or humiliated. ‘But he went on nationwide television and said that, and that he was chagrined by it and embarrassed by it.’ - ODO


Mortification, or feeling mortified, although that's a very strong version. More moderate would be chagrin, as the previous responder wrote.

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