- 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 astonished
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
August 12, 2014
I was astonished at some of the figures you came up with, specifically about Jewish immigrants.When New York City Hit Its Stride
July 17, 2014
People were astonished by his impassioned speeches at separatist meetings.The Kremlin’s Crazy Shock Troops
May 22, 2014
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
April 10, 2014
But what has astonished her this year, she says, is the firearm trend.Baby Names: Gunning For Trouble?
February 19, 2014
Mr. Gladstone attacked the bill with a power and vehemence which astonished the House.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Preparations which astonished the young guest already arrived.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I am not astonished, therefore, that I am not so well this month as last.The Imaginary Invalid
They were astonished and full of their surprise when their father came to his dinner.Rico and Wiseli
He was so astonished at what he saw that he slid behind the open door out of sight.In the Midst of Alarms
- (tr) to fill with amazement; surprise greatly
Word Origin and History for astonished
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.