overpowering wonder or surprise; amazement:
He looked with astonishment at his friends.
an object or cause of amazement.
In his book, Aboul Gheit notes with astonishment the attitude of Mubarak himself.
Inside Hosni Mubarak’s Last Days Vivian Salama February 20, 2013
To his astonishment, the driver found the gate open; guards already had abounded the border post.
Iran Says It’s Under Attack by ISIS Jassem Al Salami October 8, 2014
The reaction to the clip is a mix of alarm and astonishment.
Amanda Bynes’s Strange Selfie Video: Is She ‘Trolling’? Kevin Fallon April 15, 2013
So you can imagine my astonishment at the reception that The Kite Runner has received since its publication in 2003.
Khaled Hosseini: How I Write Noah Charney November 6, 2012
To the astonishment of his doctors, Gage survived—but he “was no longer Gage,” as one of his friends famously noted.
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“The girl amazes me,” said Schneider, with a look of astonishment.
The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
Emma appeared in the doorway, her eyebrows elevated in astonishment.
Grace Harlowe’s Return to Overton Campus Jessie Graham Flower
Victoria, when she got over her astonishment at this, reflected quickly.
Mr. Crewe’s Career, Complete Winston Churchill
And to his astonishment there was none of the shocking effect of his first drink of whisky.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
He had the tact now to conceal his astonishment at the manner of his friend’s speech.
The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
extreme surprise; amazement
a cause of amazement
1590s; see astonish + -ment. Earlier it meant “paralysis” (1570s).
John Jacob, 1763–1848, U.S. capitalist and fur merchant. Nancy (Langhorne) [lang-hawrn,, -ern] /ˈlæŋˌhɔrn,, -ərn/ (Show IPA), Viscountess, 1879–1964, first woman member of Parliament in England. Contemporary Examples Soon I discovered that the private Mrs. Astor was a maverick. Brooke Astor’s Estate Is Auctioned, and a Friend Recalls Her Fondly Barbara Goldsmith September 28, 2012 The […]
to overwhelm with amazement; astonish greatly; shock with wonder or surprise. Archaic. astonished; astounded. Contemporary Examples But it continues to astound me that there are troves of archives that have not been looked at. What Lincoln Could Teach Fox News Scott Porch November 5, 2014 The depth of rage, animus and violence that was directed […]
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to overwhelm with amazement; astonish greatly; shock with wonder or surprise. Archaic. astonished; astounded. Contemporary Examples King reminisced about his convention and was astounded at how little bad-blood lingered. The Bizarro World Of Iowa’s GOP Convention Ben Jacobs June 22, 2014 All the old dinosaurs, who were astounded by the numbers involved. The End Is […]