astonishment

[uh-ston-ish-muh nt]

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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Historical Examples of astonishment

  • If Robert was surprised, Ben Haley had even more reason for astonishment.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • And to his astonishment there was none of the shocking effect of his first drink of whisky.

  • Emma appeared in the doorway, her eyebrows elevated in astonishment.

  • He looked at me with astonishment, and in surprise asked, "What are you doing here?"

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • To the astonishment of Cornelius, when at last they rose to go, there were tears in her eyes.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald



British Dictionary definitions for astonishment

astonishment

noun

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

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

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