Definition for astonishing (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Origin of astonish
Examples from the Web for astonishing
After Rosemary offers me some tea, I sit down on the couch with Downey Sr. to discuss his astonishing life, and career.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby|Marlow Stern|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was astonishing yesterday that he pinned the blame for the attacks on Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leader.After the Israel Synagogue Massacre: A New Intifada?|Michael Tomasky|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Along with contorting, she also performs an astonishing balancing act.
Lepore has an astonishing story and tells it extremely well.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The most astonishing came from Ron and Mavis Pirola, a middle-aged Australian couple who have been together for 57 years.The Vatican's Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Commerce, however, fixed Kinshassa as its base of operation, and its expansion has been astonishing for that part of the world.An African Adventure|Isaac F. Marcosson
He was silent and sedate, and conducted himself with astonishing dignity.Buddhism, In its Connexion With Brahmanism and Hinduism, and In Its Contrast with Christianity|Sir Monier Monier-Williams
While he was rereading the astonishing news, the door of his office opened and Juve walked in.A Royal Prisoner|Pierre Souvestre
The crowd had barely recovered from the effect of the astonishing revelation when the hearing was resumed.The Mystery of the Yellow Room|Gaston Leroux
There was not one word in explanation of this astonishing announcement.In Direst Peril|David Christie Murray
British Dictionary definitions for astonishing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for astonishing (2 of 2)
Word Origin for astonish
Word Origin and History for astonishing
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.