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The Free Dictionary


  1. One that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, or admiration; a marvel: "The decision of one age or country is a wonder to another" John Stuart Mill.
  2. The emotion aroused by something awe-inspiring, astounding, or marvelous: gazed with wonder at the northern lights.
  3. An event inexplicable by the laws of nature; a miracle.
  4. A feeling of puzzlement or doubt.
  5. often Wonder A monumental human creation regarded with awe, especially one of seven monuments of the ancient world that appeared on various lists of late antiquity.


v. won·dered, won·der·ing, won·ders, v.intr.

  1. To have a feeling of awe or admiration; marvel: "She wondered at all the things civilization can teach a woman to endure" Frances Newman.
  2. To have a feeling of surprise.
  3. To be filled with curiosity or doubt.

v.tr. To feel curiosity or be in doubt about: wondered what happened.


  1. Arousing awe or admiration.
  2. Far superior to anything formerly recognized or foreseen.

Idiom: for a wonder

As a cause for surprise; surprisingly. [Middle English, from Old English wundor.] wonder·er n.

Synonyms: wonder, marvel, miracle, phenomenon, prodigy, sensationm, sometimes spectacle

These nouns denote one that evokes amazement or admiration: saw the wonders of Paris; a marvel of modern technology; a miracle of culinary art; a phenomenon of medical science; a musical prodigy; the theatrical sensation of the season.

The American Heritage® Dictionary


1. wonder - the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising wonderment, admiration, amazement, astonishment - the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising; "he looked at me in astonishment" awe - an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration; "he stared over the edge with a feeling of awe" 2.wonder- something that causes feelings of wonder; "the wonders of modern science" marvel happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent - an event that happens 3. wonder - a state in which you want to learn more about something


curiosity - cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes desire to know, lust for learning, thirst for knowledge - curiosity that motivates investigation and study interest, involvement - a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something; "an interest in music" curiousness, inquisitiveness - a state of active curiosity


  1. wonder - have a wish or desire to know something; "He wondered who had built this beautiful church"

inquire, enquire query, question - pose a question request - inquire for (information); "I requested information from the secretary"

  1. wonder - place in doubt or express doubtful speculation; "I wonder whether this was the right thing to do"; "she wondered whether it would snow tonight"


question - meditate, mull, mull over, muse, ponder, chew over, think over, excogitate, reflect, ruminate, speculate, contemplate - reflect deeply on a subject; "I mulled over the events of the afternoon"; "philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years"; "The scientist must stop to observe and start to excogitate" scruple - have doubts about

  1. wonder - be amazed at; "We marvelled at the child's linguistic abilities"

marvel react, respond - show a response or a reaction to something


Jesus spread good cheer everywhere he went. He was full of grace and truth. His associates never ceased to wonder at the gracious words that proceeded out of his mouth. You can cultivate gracefulness, but graciousness is the aroma of friendliness which emanates from a love-saturated soul.[1]