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

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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 About 20 members and guests climbed the steps to the second floor to gaze in amazement at the huge display of trains, dolls and toys of all kinds, all artfully displayed with descriptive labels. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "There’s nothing miniature about Medina storekeeper’s love for toy trains," 17 Oct. 2019 All watching were in awe, jaws scraping the carpet floor in utter amazement at what had unfolded., "The Definitive 2018/19 Alternative European End of Season Awards," 6 June 2019 The video shows Mike gently pawing at the mug, accentuating the textured look with his tiny paws all while his owner looks on in amazement. Nathalie Kirby, House Beautiful, "This Pottery Studio Shared a Video of a Cat Making Pottery and I Can't Stop Watching," 10 Feb. 2020 Abdi Warsame, a City Council member who toured the floor that burned, expressed amazement that more people weren’t killed. Amy Forlini, Fox News, "5 dead, 3 hurt in ‘devastating’ Minneapolis high-rise fire," 29 Nov. 2019 Abdi Warsame, a City Council member who toured the floor that burned, expressed amazement that more people weren’t killed. Jeff Baenen, Twin Cities, "5 dead, 3 hospitalized after fire at Minneapolis high-rise. 4 victims identified.," 27 Nov. 2019 Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross expressed amazement that the standoff, which began Wednesday when officers attempted to serve a warrant, ended with no one dead. Christina Paciolla,, "Philadelphia standoff that left 6 cops wounded ‘could have been far worse,’ police commissioner says," 15 Aug. 2019 In recent days, as Mr. Sanders has opened up a wider lead, Republican strategists like Mr. Weaver have been unable to repress their amazement at the similarities. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "The 2020 Democratic Primary Is Giving Some Republicans Déjà Vu," 11 Mar. 2020 Partners, not props Matthew Cortland tweeted his amazement last month when Warren described in a CNN town hall how every policy issue affects disabled people. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Elizabeth Warren is out of the race, but advocates hope her disability plan is the new standard," 8 Mar. 2020

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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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5 May 2020

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“Amazement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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