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debarrass:  v.  to disembarrass, relieve, or remove what encumbers

Classic Usage:  Jane wants time alone to think about the next step in her life, and finally her roommate’s snores debarrass her of interruption.  Miss Gryce was finally asleep and Jane could think in peace.

Classically Mad Usage:  I sort of hope that my forgetfulness will debarrass me of this new vocabulary word, it certainly is encumbering me right now.  In casual conversation I’m afraid someone will think I don’t know how to pronounce embarrass.  That would be embarrassing, and I don’t know what could debarrass it after it occurred.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2012 in Jane Eyre

 

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