amaze·​ment | \ ə-ˈmāz-mənt How to pronounce amazement (audio) \

Definition of amazement

1 : a feeling of astonishment : the quality or state of being amazed was filled with amazement by what he saw She stared at him in amazement.
2 : something that causes astonishment : something that is amazing … the amazements that are turning up in physics each year …— Lewis Thomas
3 obsolete : consternation, bewilderment

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Examples of amazement in a Sentence

The crowd watched in amazement as the magician performed his tricks. Much to the amazement of her family, she left school to pursue her acting career.
Recent Examples on the Web At 45 years old, Jimmie Johnson can still remember his own amazement his first time racing around an open-wheel street course. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Jimmie Johnson said street course debut at St. Pete feels like 'starting all over again'," 23 Apr. 2021 In a series of stunning images, the vessel, one of the largest to be launched in 2021, is guided through the water with tugboats, passing by houses and churches, as crowds look on in amazement. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, "Huge superyacht squeezes down narrow Dutch canals," 22 Apr. 2021 Much to his amazement, Rosenthal became one of those little ants on June 19th, 1982: That night, Rainbow, with Rosenthal on his first tour as the band’s keyboardist, headlined a show at MSG. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, "Keyboardist David Rosenthal on His Years With Billy Joel, Ritchie Blackmore, and Cyndi Lauper," 21 Apr. 2021 The accomplishments are cerebral, aerial, romantic, benign, and full of the power of wonder and amazement. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "From the Archive: Tony Duquette's West Hollywood Home and Studio Has a Fascinating History," 9 Apr. 2021 To their amazement, the best deals were to be found across the river, in Manhattan. WSJ, "Covid-19 Clobbered Manhattan. Lower Rents Could Seed Recovery.," 26 Mar. 2021 On Monday, White House officials called a lid — the arcane term used when the president has finished his public appearances for the day –— soon after Biden’s press secretary finished briefing reporters and much to the amazement of Trump-era staff. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "White House calls early 'lid' as pressure grows on Biden over border," 22 Mar. 2021 The picture, shared in a Feb. 23 post on Facebook, has garnered much attention, with users expressing their awe and amazement. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Viral photo of Earth, Venus and Jupiter from Mars isn't real," 26 Feb. 2021 Much like the amazement on deadline day a year ago when Manchester United signed striker Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in the final hours of the window. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, "Unexpected Anfield arrival symbolizes squeezed club finances," 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of amazement

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for amazement

amaze entry 1 + -ment

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The first known use of amazement was in 1592

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4 May 2021

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“Amazement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of amazement

: a feeling of being very surprised or amazed


amaze·​ment | \ ə-ˈmāz-mənt How to pronounce amazement (audio) \

Kids Definition of amazement

: great surprise

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