- causing astonishment or surprise; amazing: an astonishing victory; an astonishing remark.
Origin of astonishing
- 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 astonishing
After Rosemary offers me some tea, I sit down on the couch with Downey Sr. to discuss his astonishing life, and career.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
It was astonishing yesterday that he pinned the blame for the attacks on Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leader.After the Israel Synagogue Massacre: A New Intifada?
November 19, 2014
Along with contorting, she also performs an astonishing balancing act.How the Circus Got a Social Conscience
November 7, 2014
Lepore has an astonishing story and tells it extremely well.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
The most astonishing came from Ron and Mavis Pirola, a middle-aged Australian couple who have been together for 57 years.The Vatican's Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen?
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October 12, 2014
Then with astonishing clearness he saw her hand resting against her breast.Way of the Lawless
There is one astonishing instance of this towards the end of the drama.The Man Shakespeare
I am all impatience to hear how this astonishing change was effected.Lady Susan
It's astonishing how people forget the vital things, and remember trifles.Quaint Courtships
It was astonishing how quickly he blushed, how dark red his face became.The Dream
- causing great surprise or amazement; astounding
- (tr) to fill with amazement; surprise greatly
Word Origin and History for astonishing
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.