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amazement

[uh-meyz-muh nt] /əˈmeɪz mənt/
noun
1.
overwhelming surprise or astonishment.
2.
Obsolete.
  1. stupefaction; frenzy.
  2. perplexity.
  3. consternation.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; amaze + -ment
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Examples for amazement
  • When he speaks, he's quiet and measured, but his expression suggests amazement at the foolish things people believe.
  • Disagreeing with the ref in an overt manner, the whole look of amazement genre.
  • To my amazement, all four tires were aired up and not flat.
  • The common theme of the afternoon was amazement that the food was all home-grown.
  • And to add to that amazement, there are idiots who believe every word these fossil fuel barons spew from their mouths.
  • The universe is a mighty big place, but there is no shortage of amazement right here in our celestial neighborhood.
  • My point is that it is not the shock and amazement that the media is trying to make it.
  • Physicists have barely even gotten over their amazement that the phenomenon even exists.
  • Watch as several looks of shock and amazement fail to cross my face.
  • To my amazement, thousands of readers failed to recognize the column as a joke.
British Dictionary definitions for amazement

amazement

/əˈmeɪzmənt/
noun
1.
incredulity or great astonishment; complete wonder or surprise
2.
(obsolete) bewilderment or consternation
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Word Origin and History for amazement
n.

1590s, "mental stupefaction," early use of the Latin suffix with a native verb, from amaze + -ment. Meaning "overwhelming wonder" is c.1600.

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