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Etymology edit

amaze +‎ -ment

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  • IPA(key): /əˈmeɪz.mənt/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪzmənt

Noun edit

amazement (countable and uncountable, plural amazements)

  1. (uncountable) The condition of being amazed; a state of overwhelming wonder, as from surprise or sudden fear, horror, or admiration; astonishment.
  2. (countable, archaic) A particular feeling of wonder, surprise, fear, or horror.
    • 1682, Samuel Willard, The fiery tryal no strange thing, Boston: Samuel Sewell, page 16:
      Were believers thoroughly persuaded of what God meaneth, by these things, they would not be so liable to those frights and amazements which distract and disturb them.
    • 1791, “Character of the faithful Man”, in Aphorisms concerning the Assurance of Faith, Philadelphia: W. Young, page 60:
      In the midst of ill rumours and amazements, his countenance changeth not.
    • 1853, Charlotte Bronte, chapter 41, in Villette:
      Certain points, crises, certain feelings, joys, griefs and amazements, when reviewed, must strike us as things wildered and whirling.
  3. (countable, dated) Something which amazes.
    • 1913, Jack London, chapter 21, in The Valley of the Moon:
      So impossible did it seem that such an amazement of horse-flesh could ever be hers.
    • 1918, Christopher Morley, “The Urchin at the Zoo,”, in Mince Pie:
      I believe the Urchin showed more enthusiasm over the stone and the robin than over any of the amazements that succeeded them.
  4. (obsolete) Madness, frenzy.

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