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To Aba'sh. v.a. [See BASHFUL.] To put into confusion; to make ashamed. It generally implies a sudden impression of shame.

They heard, and were abash'd, and up they sprung
Upon the wing.
Milton's Paradise Lost, b. i. l. 331.

This heard, th' imperious queen sat mute with fear;
Nor further durst incense the gloomy thunderer.
Silence was in the court at this rebuke:
Nor could the gods, abash'd, sustain their sovereign's look.
Dryden's Fables.

The passive admits the particle at, sometimes of, before the causal noun.

In no wise speak against the truth, but be abashed of the error of thy ignorance. Ecclesiasticus, iv. 25.

I said unto her, from whence is this kid? Is it not stolen? Render it to the owners, for it is not lawful to eat any thing that is stolen. But she replied upon me, it was given for a gift, more than the wages: however, I did not believe her, but bad her render it to the owners: and I was abashed at her. Tob. ii. 13, 14.

The little Cupids hov'ring round,
(As pictures prove) with garlands crown'd,
Abash'd at what they saw and heard,
Flew off, nor ever more appear'd.
Swift's Miscellanies.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Ecclesiasticus (27) · Milton, John (449) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · The Bible - Tobit (5)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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