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Word of the week: Fremdschämen

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

By Katarina Ristic


(das) Fremdschämen

        noun: (literally) exterior shame


This word is used to refer to the feeling of embarrassment you might get on account of others’ behaviour, the cringe factor when someone makes a fool of themselves.

  • Sie schämte sich, wenn sie ihre Mutter auf der Party tanzen gesehen hat, deshalb verfiel sie dann in einen Zustand des Fremdschämens. = She was ashamed when she saw her mother dancing at the party, so she fell into a state of embarrassment.

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