amazing

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English

Etymology

amaze +‎ -ing, from Old English āmasian.

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amazing

  1. present participle of amaze
    • 1848, John Bunyan and Robert Philip, The Greatness of the Soul: And the Unspeakableness of the Loss Thereof, page 29, T. Nelson
      How many things have men found out to the amazing of one another, to the wonderment of one another, to the begetting of endless commendations of one another in the world
    • 1909, John Fryer and William Crooke, A New Account of East India and Persia: Being Nine Years' Travels, 1672-1681, page 92, Hakluyt Society
      Fancies to be persuaded of the confused Articulation of Multitudes met as in a Fair, conversing and making a chattering, to the amazing of them all.
    • 1996 August 5, Tim Behrendsen, "Tim Behrendsen Lost and Spaced THE FINAL TRY", rec.games.computer.quake.misc, Usenet
      Amazing is judged relative what already exists, and Quake has the best underwater effects so far.
    • 1997 November 30, Sir Frederick, "Pro-Mormons are amazing also", alt.religion.mormon.fellowship, Usenet
      Reality, especially God's Reality is amazing. For instance that there is something rather than nothing is amazing. [...] Amazing is amazing.
    • 1999 July 13, Irma Dobkin and Mary Jo Peterson, Gracious Spaces, page xix, McGraw-Hill Professional
      The amazing is happening.
    • 2000 March 24, "Shadow", "Return of the Fulgore Rant!", alt.fan.dragons, Usenet
      All that is impossibly amazing is considered nothing, and the impossibly amazing is considered normal.
    • 2001 February 3, Brian, "D3 weird FPS", alt.games.descent Usenet
      The amazing is that, in EXACTLY the same situation, the demo2 doesn't show this problem.
    • 2003 June 23, Thomas Bernhard, Three Novellas, page 31, University of Chicago Press
      Everything that amazes has its method, until we notice that the amazing is not amazing, has no method.
    • 2004 October 23, MgClearwater, "George says: Joe and Brian stay..", alt.sports.baseball.ny-yankees, Usenet
      Sheffield is an amazing athlete, how much of the amazing is provided from the Chemlab.
    • 2006 May 16, Simon Baird, "monkeyGTD is amazing- a few questions and suggestions", GTD TiddlyWiki, Google goups
      Cool! Of course 99% of the amazing is due to the "powered by TiddlyWiki" part of MonkeyGTD.. :)

Adjective

amazing (comparative more amazing, superlative most amazing)

  1. (dated) Causing wonder and amazement.
  2. Possessing uniquely wonderful qualities.
    • 2012 March 16, “Charlize Theron Says Swaddling’s ‘Pretty Amazing’”, People Magazine: 
      “I didn’t think I would be a fan of the swaddling, but the swaddling’s pretty amazing,” she says.
    • 2014, November 8, Nick McCarvel, "Wozniacki's marathon debut was amazing, Djokovic says", USA TODAY Sports
      "Running a marathon is definitely an amazing experience."
  3. Surprisingly good.
    • 2012 March 16, “Charlize Theron Says Swaddling’s ‘Pretty Amazing’”, People Magazine: 
      “It’s been amazing, the amount of emails and congratulations,”
      the Snow White and the Huntsman star, 36, told Ryan Seacrest Friday on his radio show.}}
  4. Very good.
    • 2014, November 6, WAAY-TV (Huntsville, AL), VIDEO: "Sitting next to him was amazing" says student of General Via
      "I think it was pretty amazing that he picked our school out of a lot of schools to come speak to us about what he has done, and what our country has done, to help us gain our freedom," Mucci said, “sitting next to him was amazing.”
    • 2015, June 10, Lindsey Bever, "Morning Mix: Another reason seeing-eye dogs are amazing"[1]

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