Astound



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 at him—“Spittle flying, the N word flying”—continues to astound him.
NPR’s Smooth-Talking Millennial Whisperer Batya Ungar-Sargon October 6, 2014

Historical Examples

In the architecture and embellishments of the chamber, the evident design had been to dazzle and astound.
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe

I struck my repeater, and this seemed to astound her greatly.
Carmen Prosper Merimee

I really believe it will come so quickly, after it once gets a good start, that it will astound us.
Philip Dru: Administrator Edward Mandell House

A series of boxes on the ears from Boddy began to astound and transform me.
The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete George Meredith

In the most unpromising inkwell it will catch deep sea monsters that astound you.
Bizarre Lawton Mackall

He was ever ready to astound and charm his listeners by describing his methods.
Sixes and Sevens O. Henry

My dear Monsieur Malicorne, you astound, you positively bewilder me.
Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere

It will astound you like Schopenhauer, the same profundity and lucidity.
The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 1 Elizabeth Bisland

verb
(transitive) to overwhelm with amazement and wonder; bewilder
v.

mid-15c., from Middle English astouned, astoned (c.1300), past participle of astonen, astonien “to stun” (see astonish), with more of the original sense of Vulgar Latin *extonare. Related: Astounded; astounding.

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