sentir vergüenza ajena

sentir vergüenza ajena
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to feel ashamed)
a. to be embarrassed for somebody
¿Cómo estuvo la obra? - Buena, pero uno de los actores se olvidó sus líneas. Pobrecito, sentí vergüenza ajena.How was the play? - Good, but one of the actors forgot his lines. Poor guy. I was embarrassed for him.
b. to feel embarrassed for somebody
Alan estaba borracho anoche e hizo el ridículo en el bar. Realmente sentí vergüenza ajena.Alan was drunk last night and made a fool of himself at the bar. I really felt embarrassed for him.
c. to cringe
El debate fue brutal. Sentí vergüenza ajena cuando una de las candidatas intentó contestar una pregunta para la que no estaba preparada.The debate was brutal. I cringed as one of the candidates tried to answer a question that she wasn't prepared for.
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