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capable of overwhelming with amazement; stunningly surprising.
to overwhelm with amazement; astonish greatly; shock with wonder or surprise.
Archaic. astonished; astounded.
Contemporary Examples

Daniel Gross on their astounding lack of a counteroffer to the Dems.
On the Fiscal Cliff, Republicans Got Nothin’ Daniel Gross December 1, 2012

The dating process produced an astounding age of roughly 39,900 years old for the silhouetted handprints.
The Oldest Cave Art May Not Be in Europe Justin Jones October 8, 2014

From a purely environmental standpoint, the statistics in favor of Tetra Pak packaging are astounding.
Taking Boxed Wine Seriously: It’s Not Just for Hobos and Teenagers Anymore Jordan Salcito March 14, 2014

Each looked for an easier triumph, and a result less fundamental and astounding.
David’s Bookclub: Battle Cry of Freedom David Frum May 22, 2013

In the millennia since swimming has been embedded in our culture, astounding claims have been made for its benefits.
Swimming to Health? Excerpt of Lynn Sherr’s ‘Swim: Why We Love the Water’ Lynn Sherr April 7, 2012

Historical Examples

It was rather the obsession of an astounding puzzle: what in the world could have caused a fire at all?
Peccavi E. W. Hornung

For the moment, so taken aback was he by this astounding announcement, that he could not speak.
The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume

The wonder of Du Maurier’s essay, the astounding spectacle of his success, cannot be diminished by any such explanation of it.
English Society George Du Maurier

He cannot crow, but oftentimes his flight Will reach up to a most astounding height.
A Phenomenal Fauna Carolyn Wells

This astounding proof encourages us in our faith in infinity and God.
Looking Back Merrick Abner Richardson

causing amazement and wonder; bewildering
(transitive) to overwhelm with amazement and wonder; bewilder

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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