overwhelming surprise or astonishment.

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 All Diane Dimond June 21, 2011

It was a hideous, shameful crime, which future American generations will look back on with shame and amazement.
How to Torture the Bush Six Paul Campos May 10, 2009

We looked at each other in amazement, laughed, and Wally yelled out for the whole class to hear, ‘We’re DOIN’ IT!!’
The Memorial Day Diaries The Daily Beast May 28, 2011

“NEGRESS PILOTS AIRPLANE,” a New York Times headline proclaimed in amazement.
Red Tails Overlooks the Story of America’s First Black Pilots Marc Wortman January 15, 2012

Historical Examples

The officer in command of the attackers stared in amazement.
Funny Stories Told By The Soldiers Carleton B. Case

Then, abruptly, the round, baby-like face of the woman puckered in amazement.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

Then,” said the dying man, in amazement, “what the hell did you come here for?
Higgins Norman Duncan

There came a squeal of amazement from Aggie, a start of incredulity from Garson.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

When they reached the outer door they found to their amazement that it was raining hard.
What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes

incredulity or great astonishment; complete wonder or surprise
(obsolete) bewilderment or consternation

1590s, “mental stupefaction,” early use of the Latin suffix with a native verb, from amaze + -ment. Meaning “overwhelming wonder” is c.1600.


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