overpowering wonder or surprise; amazement: He looked with astonishment at his friends.
an object or cause of amazement.
- su·per·as·ton·ish·ment, noun
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How to use astonishment in a sentence
On Thursday, multiple Democrats stood to speak against the bill in both House and Senate, many expressing astonishment at the Republican argument that the measure would improve the voter experience.Georgia governor signs into law sweeping voting bill that curtails the use of drop boxes and imposes new ID requirements for mail voting | Amy Gardner, Amy B Wang | March 25, 2021 | Washington Post
As Truffles approached me on an overhanging branch, my unsentimental friend remarked with astonishment that the animal clearly knew me.How a sickly squirrel offered me unexpected comfort | Pam Spritzer | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Much to our collective astonishment, Chris ended up joining the military.
It's the right mix of news reporting, astonishment and outrage.The election can’t be ‘stolen.’ But something worse is happening. | Jennifer Rubin | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
In March of 2020 I watched in astonishment and fear as the pandemic reached my state, the numbers of infected persons increasing in real time as our hospital scrambled to respond.Thank You for the 7 PM Clapping, But Camaraderie Is Needed More Than Ever - Facts So Romantic | Ayala Danzig | October 5, 2020 | Nautilus
To his astonishment, the driver found the gate open; guards already had abounded the border post.
What astonishment that such beauty urges me into bed for a nightlong sweaty roll in tangled sheets.
His friend stares in astonishment at Soyinka, who seems unperturbed.Nigeria’s Larger-Than-Life Nobel Laureate Chronicles a Fascinating Life | Chimamanda Adichie | August 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The frustrating thing here is the astonishment over it all, over the Iggy Azalea phenomenon.Stop Being So Surprised By the Rise of Iggy Azalea | Kevin Fallon | May 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now in her 70's, living in Ontario, Feld Carr tells the story with a delightful sense of astonishment that it ever took place.
Georgie now, to her astonishment, found her movements invariably chronicled in the society journals.
It was considerably to Justice Haggard's astonishment that he heard of the invitation to his son and his son's wife.
Marcella stood all this while, leaning against the tapestry, in a silent astonishment of thought and feeling.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Lucy clapped her hands with delight, her more staid cousin was rapt in pleased astonishment.
The bridge that spanned it had, to Harry's astonishment, been only partially destroyed; it could easily be crossed.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for astonishment
extreme surprise; amazement
a cause of amazement
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