Wonder

Definition of Wonder

Won´der
n.1.
1.That emotion which is excited by novelty, or the presentation to the sight or mind of something new, unusual, strange, great, extraordinary, or not well understood; surprise; astonishment; admiration; amazement.
They were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
- Acts iii. 10.
Wonder is the effect of novelty upon ignorance.
- Johnson.
2.A cause of wonder; that which excites surprise; a strange thing; a prodigy; a miracle.
To try things oft, and never to give over, doth wonders.
- Bacon.
I am as a wonder unto many.
- Ps. lxxi. 7.
Seven wonders of the world
See in the Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Wondered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wondering.]
1.To be affected with surprise or admiration; to be struck with astonishment; to be amazed; to marvel.
I could not sufficiently wonder at the intrepidity of these diminutive mortals.
- Swift.
We cease to wonder at what we understand.
- Johnson.
2.To feel doubt and curiosity; to wait with uncertain expectation; to query in the mind; as, he wondered why they came.
I wonder, in my soul,
What you would ask me, that I should deny.
- Shak.
a.1.Wonderful.
After that he said a wonder thing.
- Chaucer.
adv.1.Wonderfully.

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