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Amazing definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

AMA'ZING, ppr.
1. Confounding with fear, surprise or wonder.
2. a. Very wonderful; exciting astonishment, or perplexity.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: surprising greatly; "she does an amazing amount of work"; "the dog was capable of astonishing tricks" [syn: amazing, astonishing]
2: inspiring awe or admiration or wonder; "New York is an amazing city"; "the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight"; "the awesome complexity of the universe"; "this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath"- Melville; "Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent" [syn: amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, awing]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Date: 1601 causing amazement, great wonder, or surprise <an amazing coincidence>

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Amaze A*maze", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Amazed; p. pr. & vb. n. Amazing.] [Pref. a- + maze.] 1. To bewilder; to stupefy; to bring into a maze. [Obs.] A labyrinth to amaze his foes. --Shak. 2. To confound, as by fear, wonder, extreme surprise; to overwhelm with wonder; to astound; to astonish greatly. ``Amazing Europe with her wit.'' --Goldsmith. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? --Matt. xii. 23. Syn: To astonish; astound; confound; bewilder; perplex; surprise. Usage: Amaze, Astonish. Amazement includes the notion of bewilderment of difficulty accompanied by surprise. It expresses a state in which one does not know what to do, or to say, or to think. Hence we are amazed at what we can not in the least account for. Astonishment also implies surprise. It expresses a state in which one is stunned by the vastness or greatness of something, or struck with some degree of horror, as when one is overpowered by the ?normity of an act, etc.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Amazing A*maz"ing, a. Causing amazement; very wonderful; as, amazing grace. -- A*maz"ing*ly, adv.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. You say that something is amazing when it is very surprising and makes you feel pleasure, approval, or wonder. It's amazing what we can remember with a little prompting... = astonishing ADJ: oft it v-link ADJ wh/that amazingly She was an amazingly good cook. ADV

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Astonishing, astounding, confounding, confusing, perplexing, bewildering, stupendous, wonderful, surprising, marvellous, prodigious, portentous, miraculous, strange, striking, very extraordinary.

Moby Thesaurus

astonishing, astounding, awesome, breathtaking, confounding, dazzling, extraordinary, eye-opening, fabulous, mind-boggling, miraculous, overwhelming, prodigious, remarkable, spectacular, staggering, startling, strange, stunning, stupendous, surprising, wonderful, wondrous


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