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astonishment

[uh-ston-ish-muh nt] /əˈstɒn ɪʃ mənt/
noun
1.
overpowering wonder or surprise; amazement:
He looked with astonishment at his friends.
2.
an object or cause of amazement.
Origin of astonishment
1570-1580
First recorded in 1570-80; astonish + -ment
Related forms
superastonishment, noun
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  • If Robert was surprised, Ben Haley had even more reason for astonishment.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • And to his astonishment there was none of the shocking effect of his first drink of whisky.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Emma appeared in the doorway, her eyebrows elevated in astonishment.

  • He looked at me with astonishment, and in surprise asked, "What are you doing here?"

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • To the astonishment of Cornelius, when at last they rose to go, there were tears in her eyes.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for astonishment

astonishment

/əˈstɒnɪʃmənt/
noun
1.
extreme surprise; amazement
2.
a cause of amazement
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Word Origin and History for astonishment
n.

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

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