Amaze
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.] [1913 Webster]

A labyrinth to amaze his foes. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To confound, as by fear, wonder, extreme surprise; to overwhelm with wonder; to astound; to astonish greatly. ``Amazing Europe with her wit.'' --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? --Matt. xii. 23. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Amaze — A*maze , v. t. Bewilderment, arising from fear, surprise, or wonder; amazement. [Chiefly poetic] [1913 Webster] The wild, bewildered Of one to stone converted by amaze. Byron. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amaze — amaze·ment; amaze; …   English syllables

  • Amaze — A*maze , v. i. To be astounded. [Archaic] B. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amaze — index impress (affect deeply) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • amaze — (v.) early 13c., amasian stupefy, make crazy, from a , probably used here as an intensive prefix, + masian, related to MAZE (Cf. maze) (q.v.). Sense of overwhelm with wonder is from 1580s. Related: Amazed; AMAZING (Cf. amazing) …   Etymology dictionary

  • amaze — vb astound, flabbergast, astonish, *surprise Analogous words: dumbfound, bewilder, confound, nonplus (see PUZZLE): impress, touch, strike, *affect …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • amaze — [v] surprise affect, alarm, astonish, astound, bewilder, blow away*, blow one’s mind*, bowl over*, daze, dumbfound, electrify, flabbergast*, impress, move, perplex, put one away*, shock, stagger, startle, strike, stun, stupefy, touch*; concept 42 …   New thesaurus

  • amaze — ► VERB ▪ surprise greatly; astonish. DERIVATIVES amazement noun. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • amaze — [ə māz′] vt. amazed, amazing [ME (only in pp. amased) < OE āmasian: < ā , A 2 + base akin to Norw masast, to fall asleep, Swed mos, sluggish, sleepy] 1. to fill with great surprise or sudden wonder; astonish 2. Obs. to bewilder n. Old Poet …   English World dictionary

  • amaze — verb ADVERB ▪ really ▪ His skill as a dancer really amazed me. ▪ still ▪ It still amazes me that people are willing to pay money for modern art. VERB + AMAZE …   Collocations dictionary

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