amaze·​ment ə-ˈmāz-mənt How to pronounce amazement (audio)
: 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.
: something that causes astonishment : something that is amazing
… the amazements that are turning up in physics each year …Lewis Thomas

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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Word History


amaze entry 1 + -ment

First Known Use

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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“Amazement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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amaze·​ment ə-ˈmāz-mənt How to pronounce amazement (audio)
: great surprise or astonishment

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