Amaze



to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly.
Obsolete. to bewilder; perplex.
to cause :
a new art show that delights and amazes.
Archaic. .
Contemporary Examples

It was a text message from a friend—which I had goaded him into sending from across the table purely to delight and amaze.
The Smartwatch Revolution, or How the Pebble Changed My Life Brian Ries March 20, 2013

It continues to amaze me how the country has flipped culturally.
The New Abortion Poll and Obama’s Biggest Impact Michael Tomasky January 21, 2013

“These words astonish me as much as they amaze you,” he said.
The Iranian Islamic Fundamentalist’s Handbook on Sex in the West IranWire July 24, 2014

“You never cease to amaze me,” said Lowe before popping the question.
Justin Timberlake, Pope Francis, ‘The Bachelor’ and More Viral Videos The Daily Beast Video March 15, 2013

There’s always pressure, whether it’s a new film or whether it’s a sequel, to entertain and amaze an audience.
James Cameron on How to Find Flight MH370, Climate Change, Leonardo DiCaprio, and More Marlow Stern April 11, 2014

Historical Examples

Cynthia gazed in amaze at the Bo’s’n, as if he were speaking a new tongue.
Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield

Alderling repeated in a tone of amaze at the inadequacy of my epithet.
Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells

Achilles turned in amaze, and by the fire that flashed from her eyes at once knew that she was Minerva.
The Iliad Homer

Mrs Harris often and often says to me, “Sairey Gamp,” she says, “you raly do amaze me!”
Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens

Three strides took Andrews to the spot, and there he halted in amaze with a little exclamation of astonishment.
The Tigress Anne Warner

verb (transitive)
to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish
an obsolete word for bewilder
noun
an archaic word for amazement
v.

early 13c., amasian “stupefy, make crazy,” from a-, probably used here as an intensive prefix, + -masian, related to maze (q.v.). Sense of “overwhelm with wonder” is from 1580s. Related: Amazed; amazing.

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    greatly surprised; astounded; suddenly filled with wonder: The magician made the dove disappear before our amazed eyes. to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly. Obsolete. to bewilder; perplex. to cause : a new art show that delights and amazes. Archaic. . Contemporary Examples “I was amazed that they were already familiar with the […]

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    overwhelming surprise or astonishment. Obsolete. stupefaction; frenzy. . . Contemporary Examples To my amazement I was permitted to drive right up to it and park right in front. Good Morning from Dallas Michael Tomasky April 24, 2013 To my amazement, she gave me a hug and she was very upbeat and talkative. Casey’s Roommate Tells […]



  • Amaziah

    a son and successor of Joash as king of Judah. II Kings 14. Historical Examples But Amaziah refused to yield, and sent his army to the borders of the kingdom of Israel. History of the Jews, Vol. I (of 6) Heinrich Graetz Amaziah, on the other hand, born in the purple, was vigorous and restless. […]

  • Amazia

    amazia amazia a·ma·zi·a (ə-mā’zē-ə) n. See amastia. Historical Examples On one occasion some of them gave rise to a persecution in the town of amazia in Asia Minor. History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI) Heinrich Graetz



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