• IPA: /əˈmeɪz.mənt/


  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.
  3. (countable, dated) Something which amazes.
    • 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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