amaze·ment | \ə-ˈmāz-mənt \

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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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 That’s when both Meredith and Steve broke out baseball gloves and played catch on the dance floor to the amazement and amusement of their guests. Peter Schmuck,, "Orioles' #HaveACatch winner who had a catch on her wedding day throwing out first pitch Tuesday," 26 June 2018 Kim Pettus, 55, of Richmond, stood in front of the door grinning in amazement at the spectacle of protest unfolding around him. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 26 June 2018 However, her strength of character, and that as a human being only grew, to the amazement of all around her., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/24," 24 June 2018 Through setbacks and dismal prognoses, Gustavo endured, often to the amazement of doctors. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "'The doctor here calls me Lazarus': Meet Gustavo Raya, the man who survived a head-on car crash," 31 Mar. 2018 Yes, the detective can be obnoxious, and the doctor’s constant amazement at his friend’s ingenuity can be annoying, but the relationship is a real one. Christopher Arnott,, "'Baskerville' At Long Wharf Plays As Both Comedy, Complex Mystery," 9 Mar. 2018 Seventy-seven-year-old House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke for a record-setting eight hours on the House floor today, and — to the amazement of anyone who has ever worn women’s shoes — did the whole thing in four-inch heels. Katie Van Syckle, The Cut, "Nancy Pelosi Defended Dreamers for 8 Hours in 4-Inch Heels," 7 Feb. 2018 The arc of his coming to America is dizzying: mystery begat hype, hype yielded to skepticism, skepticism evanesced under sheer amazement. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Inside Ohtani's Electric Debut, Masahiro Tanaka's Resurgence and Ranking the Most Surprising Starts to 2018," 9 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of amazement

: great surprise

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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