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- (uncountable) The condition of being amazed; a state of overwhelming wonder, as from surprise or sudden fear, horror, or admiration; astonishment.
- (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, W. Young, Philadelphia, p. 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.
- (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.
- (obsolete) Madness, frenzy.
the condition of being amazed; overwhelming wonder, as from surprise, sudden fear
- amazement in An American Dictionary of the English Language, by Noah Webster, 1828.
- “amazement”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “amazement”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "amazement" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus (Wordsmyth, 2002)
- "amazement" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
- Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
- Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)