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dazzle

[daz-uh l] /ˈdæz əl/
verb (used with object), dazzled, dazzling.
1.
to overpower or dim the vision of by intense light:
He was dazzled by the sudden sunlight.
2.
to impress deeply; astonish with delight:
The glorious palace dazzled him.
verb (used without object), dazzled, dazzling.
3.
to shine or reflect brilliantly:
gems dazzling in the sunlight.
4.
to be overpowered by light:
Her eyes dazzled in the glare.
5.
to excite admiration by brilliance:
Once one is accustomed to such splendor, it no longer dazzles.
noun
6.
an act or instance of dazzling:
the dazzle of the spotlights.
7.
something that dazzles.
Origin of dazzle
1475-1485
1475-85; daze + -le
Related forms
dazzler, noun
dazzlingly, adverb
outdazzle, verb (used with object), outdazzled, outdazzling.
overdazzle, verb, overdazzled, overdazzling.
undazzled, adjective
undazzling, adjective
Synonyms
2. awe, overwhelm, overpower, stupefy.
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  • She was dazzlingly beautiful and was the wife of fifteen brothers, who were princes.

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  • She must be dazzlingly, but naturally, blonde and very beautiful.

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  • Her hair was dazzlingly yellow, and arranged with all the stiffness of the coiffeur's art.

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  • The whole of the basin, except these oases, is dazzlingly white, showing the palm groves as black patches on its surface.

  • She was dazzlingly beautiful, and could not be more than twenty-two.

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  • Never was night when the moon shone so dazzlingly as to blind us to the brilliancy of “a star or two beside.”

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British Dictionary definitions for dazzlingly

dazzle

/ˈdæzəl/
verb
1.
(usually transitive) to blind or be blinded partially and temporarily by sudden excessive light
2.
to amaze, as with brilliance: she was dazzled by his wit, she dazzles in this film
noun
3.
bright light that dazzles
4.
bewilderment caused by glamour, brilliance, etc: the dazzle of fame
Derived Forms
dazzler, noun
Word Origin
C15: from daze
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Word Origin and History for dazzlingly

dazzle

v.

late 15c., frequentative of Middle English dasen (see daze (v.)). Originally intransitive; the transitive sense is from 1530s. Related: Dazzled; dazzling.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dazzlingly

dazzle

Related Terms

razzle-dazzle

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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