Amazing vs. Surprising

Amazing vs. Surprising — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Amazing and Surprising

Amazingverb

To affect with great wonder; astonish.

Surprisingverb

To cause to feel wonder, astonishment, or amazement, as at something unanticipated

Thinking I was at home, she was surprised to see me in the office. We were surprised that he could recover so quickly.

Amazingverb

(Obsolete) To bewilder; perplex.

Surprisingverb

To encounter or discover suddenly or unexpectedly; take or catch unawares

She surprised him as he was reading her diary.

Amazingverb

To cause great wonder or astonishment

a sight that amazes.

Surprisingverb

To attack or capture suddenly and without warning

surprised the sentries in a predawn raid, wounding several.

Amazingnoun

Amazement; wonder.

Surprisingverb

To cause (someone) to do or say something unintended or to be in an unintended condition

"There passed a scene ... that surprised me into courage to come forward" (Fanny Burney).

Amazingverb

present participle of amaze

Surprisingverb

To elicit or detect through surprise

"She occasionally surprised a look on Jemima's face" (Marcia Willett).

Amazingadjective

Causing wonder and amazement; very surprising.

Surprisingnoun

The act of surprising or the condition of being surprised

Imagine my surprise on seeing you here.

Amazingadjective

Possessing uniquely wonderful qualities.

Surprisingnoun

Something, such as an unexpected encounter, event, or gift, that surprises.

Amazingadjective

Very good.

Surprisingadjective

Causing surprise.

A surprising number of people attended the rally.

Amazingadjective

surprising greatly;

she does an amazing amount of workthe dog was capable of astonishing tricks

Surprisingnoun

A situation in which somebody is surprised.

Amazingadjective

inspiring awe or admiration or wonder;

New York is an amazing citythe Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sightthe awesome complexity of the universethis sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneathWestminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent

Surprisingadjective

causing surprise or wonder or amazement;

the report shows a surprising lack of hard factual dataleaped up with surprising agilityshe earned a surprising amount of money