AskDefine | Define amazement

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amazement n : the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising; "he looked at me in astonishment" [syn: astonishment]

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IPA: WEAE /ʌˈmez.mɛnt/


  1. The condition of being amazed; overwhelming wonder, as from surprise, sudden fear, horror, or admiration; astonishment.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

admiration, amaze, astonishing thing, astonishment, astoundment, awe, beguilement, bewilderment, breathless wonder, confoundment, curiosity, dumbfoundment, exception, fascination, gazingstock, marvel, marveling, marvelment, miracle, nonesuch, phenomenon, prodigy, puzzlement, quite a thing, rarity, sensation, sense of mystery, sense of wonder, sight, something else, spectacle, stunner, stupefaction, surprise, wonder, wonderful thing, wonderment
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