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

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 The steady flow of contributors has inspired frequent notes of appreciation and amazement about the work of the Triple A and player development staff from manager Alex Cora. Globe Staff,, 23 June 2022 On his fifth and final day in Asia, President Biden voiced amazement that Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese joined other leaders in Japan just a day after Albanese was sworn in. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2022 In the gallery’s rear showroom, a coronavirus punchbowl is surrounded by 13 goblets emblazoned with human faces with open-mouthed expressions of fear and amazement. Steven Litt, cleveland, 15 May 2022 But her poppies bring whispers, giggles and amazement from outside her door. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 18 Apr. 2022 To my amazement, the police do not respect the decision of the court, which in fact ruled that Jews are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount and that reciting prayers is not a crime. Atika Shubert, Abeer Salman And Lauren Izso, CNN, 23 May 2022 To her amazement, Jones even got her own trailer for hair and makeup. Lila Bromberg, Hartford Courant, 6 May 2022 As the Cambridges' guide described how the Mayan civilization built the temple palace 3,000 years ago, Kate couldn’t hold back her amazement. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Mar. 2022 With beads of sweat dripping down his forehead, Hood couldn’t help but laugh in amazement at their full-circle moment. Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2022 See More

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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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3 Jul 2022

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“Amazement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of amazement

: great surprise

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