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amazement

[uh-meyz-muh nt]
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noun
  1. overwhelming surprise or astonishment.
  2. Obsolete.
    1. stupefaction; frenzy.
    2. perplexity.
    3. consternation.
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Origin of amazement

First recorded in 1590–1600; amaze + -ment
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  • She saw with amazement, and walked on quickly that Harry might not also see.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • Then, abruptly, the round, baby-like face of the woman puckered in amazement.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • There came a squeal of amazement from Aggie, a start of incredulity from Garson.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • "Not that there's been any about you," he added hastily, to my look of amazement.

  • Linda's amazement on entering the room had been worthy of note.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter


British Dictionary definitions for amazement

amazement

noun
  1. incredulity or great astonishment; complete wonder or surprise
  2. obsolete bewilderment or consternation
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Word Origin and History for amazement

n.

1590s, "mental stupefaction," early use of the Latin suffix with a native verb, from amaze + -ment. Meaning "overwhelming wonder" is c.1600.

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