Is there any difference between the words embarrassed and ashamed? If so, could you provide some examples of usage?


Being ashamed typically involves feelings of shame. Being embarrassed can involve feelings of shame, but need not. Embarrassment typically involves feeling uneasy, self-conscious, or discomfited due to wounded pride or confusion.

Also see Etymology of “embarrass” and What is the word for the emotion I feel when I see someone being humiliated? and Embarrassment for the person talked to.

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