Astonished



to fill with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder; amaze:
Her easy humor and keen intellect astonished me.
Contemporary Examples

Nevertheless, I am astonished at the percentage of people who find the Kimmel videos morally unproblematic.
Why Jimmy Kimmel’s Lies Matter Sam Harris November 18, 2013

I was astonished by his work and very grateful that fate had thrown us together.
Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve’s Epic Friendship and the Greatest Williams Story Ever Told Marlow Stern August 11, 2014

They surrounded Sobchak and Yashin and wordlessly separated the two from their astonished companions.
Ilya Yashin & Ksenia Sobchak, the Russian Opposition’s Romeo & Juliet Anna Nemtsova December 16, 2012

The signed letter that Winnie got in return, thanking her for the present, was passed around the family with astonished reverence.
Prince George and the New Royal Baby Rules Tom Sykes April 9, 2014

So I was astonished to learn that he was making $60,000 a year to my $48,000.
The Supreme Court’s Cluelessness on Gender Bias Leslie Bennetts June 21, 2011

Historical Examples

I was so astonished that my eyes nearly dropped out of my head.
Sarah’s School Friend May Baldwin

Preparations which astonished the young guest already arrived.
Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden

I was astonished at the human way in which my guide conversed with me.
Over the Teacups Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

I am not astonished, therefore, that I am not so well this month as last.
The Imaginary Invalid Molire

He might have come down from the skies, I was so astonished.
Remember the Alamo Amelia E. Barr

verb
(transitive) to fill with amazement; surprise greatly
v.

c.1300, astonien, from Old French estoner “to stun, daze, deafen, astound,” from Vulgar Latin *extonare, from Latin ex- “out” + tonare “to thunder” (see thunder); so, literally “to leave someone thunderstruck.” The modern form (influenced by English verbs in -ish, e.g. distinguish, diminish) is attested from c.1530.

No wonder is thogh that she were astoned [Chaucer, “Clerk’s Tale”]

Related: Astonished; astonishing; astonishingly.

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