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definition of the word amazement

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countable and uncountable; amazements

amazement (countable and uncountable; plural amazements)

  1. (uncountable) The condition of being amazed; overwhelming wonder, as from surprise, 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, Samuel Sewell, Boston, p. 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, Villette, ch. 41,
      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, The Valley of the Moon, ch. 21,
      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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