- (uncountable) The condition of being amazed; overwhelming wonder, as from surprise, sudden fear, horror, or admiration; astonishment.
- (context, countable, archaic) A particular feeling of wonder, surprise, fear, or horror.
- 1682, w:Samuel_Willard, Samuel Willard, The fiery tryal no strange thing, Samuel Sewell, Boston, p. 16,
- :Were believers thoroughly persuaded of what God meaneth, by these things, they would not be so liable to those frights and amazements which distract and disturb them.
- 1791, "Character of the faithful Man," in Aphorisms concerning the Assurance of Faith, W. Young, Philadelphia, p. 60,
- :In the midst of ill rumours and amazements, his countenance changeth not.
- 1853, w:Charlotte_Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, Villette, ch. 41,
- :Certain points, crises, certain feelings, joys, griefs and amazements, when reviewed, must strike us as things wildered and whirling.
- (context, countable, dated) Something which amazes.
- 1913, w:Jack_London, Jack London, The Valley of the Moon, ch. 21,
- :So impossible did it seem that such an of horse-flesh could ever be hers.
- 1918, w:Christopher_Morley, Christopher Morley, "The Urchin at the Zoo," in Mince Pie,
- :I believe the Urchin showed more enthusiasm over the stone and the robin than over any of the amazements that succeeded them.
- (obsolete) Madness, frenzy.
- Dutch: (t, nl, verwondering)
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