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"Embarazoso" is an adjective which is often translated as "embarrassing", and "vergonzoso" is an adjective which is often translated as "shameful". Learn more about the difference between "embarazoso" and "vergonzoso" below.
embarazoso(
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bah
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rah
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soh
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soh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. embarrassing
Mis padres me regañaron enfrente de mis amigos. Fue un momento embarazoso.My parents scolded me in front of my friends. It was an embarrassing situation.
b. awkward
Martín comenzó a hablar sobre el clima para evitar el silencio embarazoso.Martin started talking about the weather just to avoid the awkward silence.
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vergonzoso(
behr
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gohn
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soh
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soh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (humiliating)
a. shameful
El trato que les dieron a los indigentes fue vergonzoso.The way the homeless people were treated was shameful.
b. disgraceful
Tu comportamiento hacia los demás fue vergonzoso.Your behavior towards the others was disgraceful.
2. (causing embarrassment)
a. embarrassing
Alejandra pasó un momento vergonzoso frente a sus suegros.Alejandra had an embarrassing time with her parents-in-law.
3. (timid)
a. shy
Mi primo era un niño vergonzoso, pero ahora es muy extrovertido.My cousin used to be a shy boy but now he's very outgoing.
b. bashful
Ana es vergonzosa con la gente que no conoce bien.Ana is bashful with people she doesn't know well.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
4. (timid person)
a. shy person
A Laura no le gusta hablar en público porque es una vergonzosa.Laura doesn't like speaking in public because she's a shy person.
b. bashful person
Pensé que Juan era un vergonzoso hasta que lo conocí mejor.I thought Juan was a bashful person until I knew him better.
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