#embarrassment

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To feel massively ashamed of past actions that you have personally done so that the suffered embarrassment tricks your body that you're about to have a heart attack. It is followed by episodes of further awkwardness and feeling uncomfortable for the rest of the day.
I looked at my yearbook today

And are you feeling nostalgic?

Not all dude.. the way I used to dress and my haircut were so awful it gave me a cringe attack
by flotrslv July 16, 2014

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The personal embarrassment that one feels on account of and for another (i.e. a friend, a family member or a complete stranger) who is making a fool of him or herself. A person experiencing secondhand embarrassment feels as if they are doing the embarrassing action themselves, effectively putting themselves in the other person's shoes.
Guy 1: Man, Sarah's presentation today was terrible. She forgot half of it and stumbled through the rest.
Guy 2: Oh I know. I had so much secondhand embarrassment for her. It was like watching a train wreck.
by Casey L. December 14, 2007

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UK slang. An extremely awkward, uncomfortable situation caused by a person, group of people or environment, causing extreme embarrassment. The resultant effect on the surrounding non-cringe people is usually shame, chagrin or vexation or a combination of these.
1. "Mate, I can't believe that Fred was wasted and tried to get with a guy. Absolute cringe."

2. "Mate, I can't believe that Fred got wasted and fell down the stairs naked in front of that girl he fancied. That was cringe. Solid banter though."

2. The epitomy of "cringe": youtube.com/watch?v=g_vqb8jkOOs
by solidbant2001 February 07, 2011

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1.(verb) To Palin - To embarrass yourself and your associates with a string of gaffes and exposed secrets.
2.(noun) A Palin - One whose behavior or actions cause unwanted negative attention to the group.
3. (noun) A desperate gamble
'Dude, you shouldn't have told those jokes about the bride. And you really Palinned when you told her dad she gave you crabs.'

'That girl's got so many skeletons in her closet, she's a real Palin.'


by Al Aska September 02, 2008

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When you feel so embarrassed for someone else's actions that you feel the embarrassment for yourself as well.
Stefanie is singing loudly in Portuguese! I feel second hand embarrassment... I can't be in the same room right now.
by arisames December 05, 2009

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An overwhelming feeling of uncomfortable embarrassment brought on by watching someone make a fool of himself.
I got douche chills watching someone completely bomb making unfunny/inappropriate jokes in front of crowd.
by A. Mayer August 31, 2006

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Feeling embarrassment for someone that doesn't have enough common sense to feel the embarrassment that they should be feeling for themselves for their actions.
When I saw that he had tried to hit on his underage stepsister even though he knew that they were about to be related and she was 14 I felt a tremendous amount of fontrum for him.
by Benjie Porecki May 04, 2006

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