About 10 minutes later, official word crossed the wires, and the world heard the astonishing news.
The death toll rose to four last night, and it is astonishing that it's not much higher.
Most astonishing, though, is that while any number of teen romances fall prey to the end of the summer months, this one did not.
With just over six months before Election Day, the 2012 presidential campaign looks dull but astonishing.
And it was astonishing precisely because it was so predictable.
Or come back to Europe, and take the astonishing case of Austria and Hungary.
I can tell you, the effect of the meeting of our eyes was astonishing.
It is astonishing with what keen delight he engaged in this singular pursuit.
Really, my dear boy, this is the most astonishing case of somnambulism on record.
There was an astonishing vista, once inside the gates, of sherry butts and port casks.
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.