- to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light: He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight.
- to impress deeply; astonish with delight: The glorious palace dazzled him.
- to shine or reflect brilliantly: gems dazzling in the sunlight.
- to be overpowered by light: Her eyes dazzled in the glare.
- to excite admiration by brilliance: Once one is accustomed to such splendor, it no longer dazzles.
- an act or instance of dazzling: the dazzle of the spotlights.
- something that dazzles.
Origin of dazzle
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Examples from the Web for dazzling
He's dazzling, fielding questions, spinning out anecdotes and limericks, sounding 35 and hungry for publicity.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
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More than anyone he set the stage for the dazzling dominance of genre narratives in our own time.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
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Is there an equivalent risk for fiction writers (who usually work obsessively without the promise of that dazzling income)?Vikram Chandra Is A Novelist Who's Obsessed With Writing Computer Code
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Even plain vanilla is dazzling—smooth and pure beyond description.Dr. Mike’s Makes the Best Ice Cream on Earth
Jane & Michael Stern
July 27, 2014
This show offers a welcome and dazzling glimpse into that new world.Frickin’ Laser Beams Run by Eyeballs: The Next Art Revolution Is Here
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And there was the dazzling thought of going to Felix or Doucet with credit unlimited.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It fell as lightning falls, swift, keen, dazzling the eyes of all who watched.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Heaven and earth were revealed again for a dazzling white second.The Gentleman From Indiana
I can see better there than in the dazzling brilliancy of honours.My Double Life
Each pilgrimage was granted its share of the dazzling resplendency.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- so bright as to blind someone temporarily
- extremely clever, attractive, or impressive; brilliant; amazing
- (usually tr) to blind or be blinded partially and temporarily by sudden excessive light
- to amaze, as with brillianceshe was dazzled by his wit; she dazzles in this film
- bright light that dazzles
- bewilderment caused by glamour, brilliance, etcthe dazzle of fame
Word Origin and History for dazzling
late 15c., frequentative of Middle English dasen (see daze (v.)). Originally intransitive; the transitive sense is from 1530s. Related: Dazzled; dazzling.