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 At the end of the garden ceremony, Ariel knelt and released 50 butterflies from a box and watched in amazement as tiny, colorful wings fluttered above the crowd. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio Girl Scout grows garden, future with help of strong mentors," 29 June 2020 Abu Yahya watches protests in Minneapolis rage on his mobile and shakes his head in amazement. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voicing ‘solidarity’ against US racism, Arabs expose scourge at home," 22 June 2020 To Stolpe’s amazement, both bears listened and gradually calmed before turning and disappearing into the salmonberry brush. Bjorn Dihle, Outdoor Life, "The Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest is Vital for Both Hunters and Brown Bears," 16 June 2020 When O'Brien asked for the name of someone folks would be surprised about, Lowe named Thomas -- much to O'Brien's amazement. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Rob Lowe's surprising friendship with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas," 17 June 2020 Playing partners Thomas and Fowler chuckled in amazement. Dallas News, "Jordan Spieth is giving himself ‘some grace’ at Colonial, choosing not to stress the result," 13 June 2020 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

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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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“Amazement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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