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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Montgomery put his hands on his face, fell to the ground and hit the surface with his hands as the senior looked up at the scoreboard in amazement. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH's Kahmari Montgomery wins NCAA outdoor title in 400 as Cougars finish 3rd," 7 June 2019 Please keep in mind that our athletic pursuits shouldn't be subjects of amazement. SELF, "Please Stop Trying to 'Encourage' Fat Athletes When You See Us Exercising," 26 May 2019 And following came, of course, a flurry of fan comments sharing in our amazement that the Duchess of Sussex was able to manage it all without batting a gorgeous eyelash. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle Played Basketball in High Heels," 25 Sep. 2018 Once that initial haze of amazement over Beyoncé's voice, lyrics, body, outfits, dance moves, and general presence wore off, we were left with a few questions. Olivia Harrison,, "Here's What The Louvre Had To Say About Beyoncé & Jay Z's Music Video," 18 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of amazement

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of amazement was in 1592

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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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