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[uh-ston-ish-muh nt] /əˈstɒn ɪʃ mənt/
overpowering wonder or surprise; amazement:
He looked with astonishment at his friends.
an object or cause of amazement.
Origin of astonishment
First recorded in 1570-80; astonish + -ment
Related forms
superastonishment, noun Unabridged
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  • "The girl amazes me," said Schneider, with a look of astonishment.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The astonishment of both was great when Margaret appeared, early as it was, with her story.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Victoria, when she got over her astonishment at this, reflected quickly.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Stafford looked at the other and made no attempt to hide his astonishment.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • He had the tact now to conceal his astonishment at the manner of his friend's speech.

    The Pillar of Light Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for astonishment


extreme surprise; amazement
a cause of amazement
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for astonishment

1590s; see astonish + -ment. Earlier it meant "paralysis" (1570s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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