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  1. thrillingly beautiful, remarkable, astonishing, exciting, or the like: a breathtaking performance.
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Origin of breathtaking

First recorded in 1875–80; breath + take + -ing2
Related formsbreath·tak·ing·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of breathtakingly

  • No woman he had ever known seemed so breathtakingly beautiful.


    Irving E. Cox

  • The feeling of being cast on your own resources is at once blissfully uplifting and breathtakingly fearsome.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

British Dictionary definitions for breathtakingly


  1. causing awe or excitementa breathtaking view
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Derived Formsbreathtakingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for breathtakingly



1867, from breath + present participle of take (v.). Phrase to take (one's) breath away with astonishment or delight is from 1864. Breathtaking (n.) "act of taking breaths or a breath" is from 1620s. Related: Breathtakingly.

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