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.

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Her voice is playful, but with an undercurrent of genuine amazement. Louisa Thomas, Vogue, "A Night Out With Caroline Wozniacki and David Lee, Sports’ Most Romantic Couple," 11 Dec. 2018 While some have expressed amazement about Trump’s willingness to increase the national debt, this is an aspirational budget in line with the Republican Party’s reactionary agenda. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "The Populist Realignment That Never Came," 13 Feb. 2018 Watch as the orange tunnel lights illuminate these babies' faces of fear, curiosity and amazement. Kelly Potts, Woman's Day, "These Babies' Reactions to Tunnels Will Make Your Day," 30 Jan. 2015 But mid-way through the song, fellow coach, Kelly Clarkson, stood up in amazement at GreyCloud's musical runs. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "'The Voice' Fans Think Jennifer Hudson Made a Huge Mistake Last Night," 17 Oct. 2018 Then, to everyone’s amazement, Russians and Americans put animals and people in low Earth orbit, above the sky. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Kim Stanley Robinson’s next book," 18 Oct. 2018 Zimmerman, an avid hunter and angler who owns a sealcoating business, spent about the next minute looking in amazement and capturing video. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin man encounters rare white deer fawn on Sauk County morel mushroom hunt," 15 May 2018 The plot is packed with incidents and surprises, and Mary is an admirable character, full of pluck and decency and prone to the usual anime expressions of loud amazement. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "Review: ‘Mary and the Witch’s Flower’ Chases a Girl and Her Broomstick," 18 Jan. 2018 His look of amazement is what Insatiable wants out of you — this is not a comedy aiming to please. Rebecca Farley,, "How Insatiable Is Tackling Beauty Standards, One Joke At A Time," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of amazement

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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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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