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causing great surprise or sudden wonder.
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

Brother-team Dan and Jordan Pious were trailing heading into the final legs of The amazing Race 16.
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“She also has amazing hair,” Farrow said of Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.
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The Sportsman Channel was touting its upcoming new series, “amazing America with Sarah Palin.”
CPAC: Come for the Crazy, Stay for the Party Michelle Cottle March 6, 2014

He is due to face questioning by the police later this week, as they attempt to unpick the details of this amazing case.
Who Kidnapped Irish Millionaire Kevin McGeever? Tom Sykes February 4, 2013

What would be amazing: The Bengals bring football back to Ohio and win 2-0 on a safety.
A Guide to the NFL’s Wild-Card Weekend Sujay Kumar January 4, 2013

Historical Examples

Probably they were right; but they were being licked into a state of amazing efficiency.
Sir John French Cecil Chisholm

In truth, it’s amazing to take count of the Western men among us in all the professions.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

The detachments with amazing industry and endurance again hard at work digging.
Servants of the Guns Jeffery E. Jeffery

He walked, indeed, with a step of amazing springiness for a man of his years.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson

But the novel disappeared under the clothes with amazing celerity as the voice of her sister-in-law demanded admission.
The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) Charles James Wills

causing wonder or astonishment: amazing feats
verb (transitive)
to fill with incredulity or surprise; astonish
an obsolete word for bewilder
an archaic word for amazement

early 15c., “stupefactive;” 1590s, “dreadful;” present participle adjective from amaze. Sense of “wonderful” is recorded from 1704. Related: Amazingly.

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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