- to fill with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder; amaze: Her easy humor and keen intellect astonished me.
Origin of astonish
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Examples from the Web for astonish
To question that which seems to have ceased forever to astonish us.To Dream a Dream: Georges Perec’s Night Visions
December 26, 2013
They frighten a few people (mostly each other), are rude to bystanders and astonish a cleaning lady.P.J. O’Rourke Picks His Favorite Travel Books
P. J. O’Rourke
November 12, 2011
His book should astonish both liberals and conservatives—and for very different reasons.George Bush's Book Will Offend the Right
November 10, 2010
It may astonish readers to know, then, that it was Jews that invented our idea of heaven.How Jews Invented Heaven
March 28, 2010
But this does not astonish us when we understand the difficulties which he was obliged to solve.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
"Why, certainly I was," said Linda, wide eyed with astonish meet.Her Father's Daughter
But after what he had heard nothing could astonish him any more.The Secret Agent
Mr. Solmes has something to open to you, that will astonish you—and you shall hear it.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
There is another manifestation of his power which will astonish those who consider it.A Dish Of Orts
- (tr) to fill with amazement; surprise greatly
Word Origin and History for astonish
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.