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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Drawn from a book and exhibition project the artist completed in 2017, the show whipsaws the viewer between awe and revulsion, amazement and anxiety. Steven Litt,, "Edward Burtynsky photos at Cleveland Museum of Art document mankind’s troubled relationship with water," 23 June 2019 His work on inducing mature cells to revert into stem cells was met with amazement and dogged by copycats. Eric Felten, WSJ, "‘Borrowed Time’ Review: The Long Ramp to the Final Exit," 21 Feb. 2019 More: Michigan State's golden opportunity for another national title is over The early reaction from the Twittersphere: amazement and disappointment from the MSU faithful and college hoops observers. Dana Sulonen, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball gets upset in NCAA tournament: The reactions," 18 Mar. 2018 Children squealed in amazement and lost count of the hundreds of bugs around. Adriana Brasileiro,, "Monster grasshoppers swarm Everglades," 19 July 2019 Seth Frantzman of the Jerusalem Post expressed his amazement at this apparently 2,800-year-old vestige. Bernard-henri Lévy, WSJ, "ISIS Overlooks a Synagogue in Mosul," 18 Oct. 2018 The purpose and theme of my work is to bring attention to people who deserve credit, deserve our amazement and gratitude. Polly Campbell,, "In 'The Pioneers,' historian McCullough finds heroes in Ohio history," 1 July 2019 To my amazement, everyone was still there: Lucius, Leon [Bridges]. Chris Payne, Billboard, "What Does It Mean to Be an Independent Festival in 2019?," 26 June 2019 Rats have adapted over the millennia to survive and thrive in human company, much to our amazement and (often) disgust. National Geographic, "Episode 3: Rats and humans—a love story," 25 June 2019

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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