- overcome with consternation; confounded; astounded: He was thunderstruck by the news of his promotion.
- Archaic. struck by a thunderbolt.
Also thun·der·strick·en [thuhn-der-strik-uh n] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrɪk ən/.
Origin of thunderstruck
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1. dumbfounded, flabbergasted, overcome.
- Archaic. to strike with a thunderbolt.
- to astonish; dumfound.
Origin of thunderstrike
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Examples from the Web for thunderstruck
New York University was not thunderstruck by the news that Sir Harold Acton had left the school his estate when he died in 1994.In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU
November 10, 2014
Thunderstruck, Calendar glanced hastily in the indicated direction.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
I was thunderstruck by her speech, which I guessed would prove true.My Double Life
Then Guillaume shuddered as if thunderstruck, and caught hold of Pierre's hand.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The people are quiet; the true conspirators are thunderstruck.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
At this new blow, Madame was thunderstruck, and stood like a statue.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
- completely taken aback; amazed or shocked
- rare struck by lightning
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Word Origin and History for thunderstruck
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