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[breth-tey-king] /ˈbrɛθˌteɪ kɪŋ/
thrillingly beautiful, remarkable, astonishing, exciting, or the like:
a breathtaking performance.
1875-80; breath + take + -ing2
Related forms
breathtakingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • Travelers can visit temples and churches so breathtaking they must have been built with divine inspiration.
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  • Even with the construction work and scaffolding, the place was breathtaking.
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  • 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


causing awe or excitement: a breathtaking view
Derived Forms
breathtakingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for breathtaking

1867, from breath + present participle of take (v.). Phrase to take (one's) breath away with astonishment or delight is from 1864. Breathtaking (n.) "act of taking breaths or a breath" is from 1620s. Related: Breathtakingly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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