from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A state of extreme surprise or wonder; astonishment.
  • noun Obsolete Bewilderment; perplexity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being amazed; astonishment; confusion or perplexity from a sudden impression of surprise, or surprise mingled with alarm.
  • noun Infatuation; madness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The condition of being amazed; bewilderment [Obs.]; overwhelming wonder, as from surprise, sudden fear, horror, or admiration.
  • noun obsolete Frenzy; madness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The condition of being amazed; overwhelming wonder, as from surprise, sudden fear, horror, or admiration; astonishment.
  • noun countable, archaic A particular feeling of wonder, surprise, fear, or horror.
  • noun countable, dated Something which amazes.
  • noun obsolete Madness, frenzy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising


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  • King John, Act 5, Scene 1:

    "Wild amazement hurries up and down / The little number of you doubtful friends."

    September 2, 2009