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astonishing

[uh-ston-i-shing]
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adjective
  1. causing astonishment or surprise; amazing: an astonishing victory; an astonishing remark.
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Origin of astonishing

First recorded in 1520–30; astonish + -ing2
Related formsas·ton·ish·ing·ly, adverbas·ton·ish·ing·ness, noun

astonish

[uh-ston-ish]
verb (used with object)
  1. to fill with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder; amaze: Her easy humor and keen intellect astonished me.
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Origin of astonish

1525–35; Middle English astonyen, astonen, probably < dialectal Old French *astoner, Old French estoner < Vulgar Latin *extonāre, for Latin attonāre to strike with lightning, equivalent to ex- ex-1, at- at- + tonāre to thunder; extended by -ish2, perhaps reflecting Anglo-French *astonir < dialectal Old French
Related formsas·ton·ished·ly, adverbas·ton·ish·er, nounsu·per·as·ton·ish, verbun·as·ton·ished, adjective

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Related Words

startlingbreathtakingimpressivespectacularstrikingstaggeringastoundingamazingextraordinarystunningwonderfulmiraculouswondrousmarvelousbewilderingstupefyingstupendous

Examples from the Web for astonishing

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Historical Examples

  • Then with astonishing clearness he saw her hand resting against her breast.

  • There is one astonishing instance of this towards the end of the drama.

  • I am all impatience to hear how this astonishing change was effected.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • It's astonishing how people forget the vital things, and remember trifles.

  • It was astonishing how quickly he blushed, how dark red his face became.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola


British Dictionary definitions for astonishing

astonishing

adjective
  1. causing great surprise or amazement; astounding
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Derived Formsastonishingly, adverb

astonish

verb
  1. (tr) to fill with amazement; surprise greatly
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Word Origin

C15: from earlier astonyen (see astonied), from Old French estoner, from Vulgar Latin extonāre (unattested) to strike with thunder, from Latin tonāre to thunder
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Word Origin and History for astonishing

astonish

v.

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.

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