astonishment

[ uh-ston-ish-muh nt ]
/ əˈstɒn ɪʃ mənt /

noun

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 formssu·per·as·ton·ish·ment, noun
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astonishment

/ (əˈstɒnɪʃmənt) /

noun

extreme surprise; amazement
a cause of amazement
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Word Origin and History for astonishment

astonishment


n.

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

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