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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 of amazement
1590-1600
1590-1600; amaze + -ment
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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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