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dazzle

[daz-uh l]
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verb (used with object), daz·zled, daz·zling.
  1. to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light: He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight.
  2. to impress deeply; astonish with delight: The glorious palace dazzled him.
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verb (used without object), daz·zled, daz·zling.
  1. to shine or reflect brilliantly: gems dazzling in the sunlight.
  2. to be overpowered by light: Her eyes dazzled in the glare.
  3. to excite admiration by brilliance: Once one is accustomed to such splendor, it no longer dazzles.
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noun
  1. an act or instance of dazzling: the dazzle of the spotlights.
  2. something that dazzles.
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Origin of dazzle

First recorded in 1475–85; daze + -le
Related formsdaz·zler, noundaz·zling·ly, adverbout·daz·zle, verb (used with object), out·daz·zled, out·daz·zling.o·ver·daz·zle, verb, o·ver·daz·zled, o·ver·daz·zling.un·daz·zled, adjectiveun·daz·zling, adjective

Synonyms

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2. awe, overwhelm, overpower, stupefy.
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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.

  • I can see better there than in the dazzling brilliancy of honours.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Each pilgrimage was granted its share of the dazzling resplendency.


British Dictionary definitions for dazzling

dazzling

adjective
  1. so bright as to blind someone temporarily
  2. extremely clever, attractive, or impressive; brilliant; amazing
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Derived Formsdazzlingly, adverb

dazzle

verb
  1. (usually tr) to blind or be blinded partially and temporarily by sudden excessive light
  2. to amaze, as with brillianceshe was dazzled by his wit; she dazzles in this film
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noun
  1. bright light that dazzles
  2. bewilderment caused by glamour, brilliance, etcthe dazzle of fame
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Derived Formsdazzler, noun

Word Origin

C15: from daze
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Word Origin and History for dazzling

dazzle

v.

late 15c., frequentative of Middle English dasen (see daze (v.)). Originally intransitive; the transitive sense is from 1530s. Related: Dazzled; dazzling.

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