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breathtaking

[breth-tey-king] /ˈbrɛθˌteɪ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
thrillingly beautiful, remarkable, astonishing, exciting, or the like:
a breathtaking performance.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; breath + take + -ing2
Related forms
breathtakingly, adverb
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Examples for breathtaking
  • Travelers can visit temples and churches so breathtaking they must have been built with divine inspiration.
  • Yet its defining feature remains its breathtaking setting.
  • Even with the construction work and scaffolding, the place was breathtaking.
  • His audacity is breathtaking, his imagination infectious, his humor as vicious as it is delectable.
  • The speed of dissemination is breathtaking: mangled to meme in less than two days.
  • The breathtaking realism of the landscape owed its fidelity to photography.
  • Wherever it comes from, this ad has a breathtaking cheesiness and badness that deserve notice.
  • We didn't see dancing structures since it was quite cloudy and probably too far away, but the view was breathtaking.
  • The breathtaking images that follow will both delight the public and allow astronomers to probe the universe's deepest mysteries.
  • The arrogance on both sides of the debate is frankly breathtaking.
British Dictionary definitions for breathtaking

breathtaking

/ˈbrɛθˌteɪkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing awe or excitement a breathtaking view
Derived Forms
breathtakingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for breathtaking
breathtaking
1880, from breath + prp. of take. Phrase to take (one's) breath away with astonishment or delight is from 1864.
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