amazement n : the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising; "he looked at me in astonishment" [syn: astonishment]
PronunciationIPA: WEAE /ʌˈmez.mɛnt/
- The condition of being amazed; overwhelming wonder, as from surprise, sudden fear, horror, or admiration; astonishment.
- In the context of "countable|archaic": A particular feeling of wonder, surprise,
fear, or horror.
- 1682, Samuel
Willard, The fiery tryal no strange thing, Samuel Sewell,
Boston, p. 16,
- Were believers thoroughly persuaded of what God meaneth, by these things, they would not be so liable to those frights and amazements which distract and disturb them.
- 1791, "Character of the faithful Man," in Aphorisms concerning
the Assurance of Faith, W. Young, Philadelphia, p. 60,
- In the midst of ill rumours and amazements, his countenance changeth not.
- 1853, Charlotte
Bronte, Villette, ch. 41,
- Certain points, crises, certain feelings, joys, griefs and amazements, when reviewed, must strike us as things wildered and whirling.
- 1682, Samuel Willard, The fiery tryal no strange thing, Samuel Sewell, Boston, p. 16,
- In the context of "countable|dated": Something which amazes.
- 1913, Jack London,
The Valley of the Moon, ch. 21,
- So impossible did it seem that such an amazement of horse-flesh could ever be hers.
- 1918, Christopher
Morley, "The Urchin at the Zoo," in Mince Pie,
- I believe the Urchin showed more enthusiasm over the stone and the robin than over any of the amazements that succeeded them.
- 1913, Jack London, The Valley of the Moon, ch. 21,
- Madness, frenzy.
- Czech: úžas
- Dutch: verwondering
- "amazement" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
- "amazement" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus © Wordsmyth 2002.
- "amazement" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press 2007.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
- Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.
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