won·​der·​ment | \ ˈwən-dər-mənt How to pronounce wonderment (audio) \

Definition of wonderment

1 : a cause of or occasion for wonder
3 : curiosity about something

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Examples of wonderment in a Sentence

He felt a sense of wonderment. gazed in wonderment at the holiday decorations
Recent Examples on the Web One contemporary Portuguese account records their wonderment at a lavish ceremony to welcome a governor returning to the city. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "When China Met the West," 6 June 2020 In this rarefied air at a canyon convergence, solitude and wonderment punch through the veneer of whatever glossy catchphrase might attempt to label, style or brand feelings that are so intrinsically human. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll see summer wildflowers on this Coconino National Forest hike. Here's how to do it," 29 May 2020 No longer do world-class triathletes look in wonderment at the curly-haired youngster who always seems to be among leaders at top triathlons. Meagan Hurley, Dallas News, "From celebrated cyclist to disgraced athlete: Lance Armstrong’s career began in North Texas," 28 May 2020 From gazing at the stars and their constellations to watching the Moon rise and set in tandem with the Sun, nothing can bring a sense of awe and wonderment at the scale of our existence quite like watching the skies above us. Popular Science, "Four stellar telescopes for every stargazer," 9 Apr. 2020 Vinocour leaves us there, blinking in the wonderment of our own madness. Rachel Louise Snyder, New York Times, "Should More Defendants Be Claiming Insanity?," 24 Mar. 2020 Rather, the images build and scatter, with a sidelong glance, a wonderment, the capture of a felt moment. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Poet and naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield turns her vision south," 15 Dec. 2019 More recently, the Tucker family’s connection to the first captive Africans who landed in the Virginia colony in 1619 has been a source of wonderment and envy. E.r. Shipp, USA TODAY, "FamilySearch's new archives expose more African American roots," 1 Feb. 2020 This leads to a sense of uncertainty and wonderment. Ruth Margalit, The New York Review of Books, "When Reality Slips," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of wonderment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Wonderment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wonderment. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wonderment

: a feeling of being surprised or amazed


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