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  1. capable of overwhelming with amazement; stunningly surprising.
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Origin of astounding

First recorded in 1580–90; astound + -ing2
Related formsas·tound·ing·ly, adverb


verb (used with object)
  1. to overwhelm with amazement; astonish greatly; shock with wonder or surprise.
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  1. Archaic. astonished; astounded.
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Origin of astound

1275–1325; Middle English astoun(e)d, past participle of astonen, variant of astonyen to astonish
Related formsas·tound·ment, noun

Synonyms for astound

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1. See surprise.
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Related Words for astounding

startling, breathtaking, surprising, astonishing, mind-boggling, wondrous, eye-popping, overwhelming, shocking, stupefying, confounding, mind-blowing

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Historical Examples of astounding

  • The explanation of this astounding similarity will be given when we come to "Othello."

  • The inadequacy, the feebleness of the whole thing is astounding.

  • It is astounding how ill-endowed Shakespeare was on the side of manliness.

  • The charm of it all, the deathless charm and the astounding veracity!

  • Harvest after harvest Shakespeare brought forth of astounding quality.

British Dictionary definitions for astounding


  1. causing amazement and wonder; bewildering
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Derived Formsastoundingly, adverb


  1. (tr) to overwhelm with amazement and wonder; bewilder
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Word Origin for astound

C17: from astoned amazed, from Old French estoné, from estoner to astonish
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Word Origin and History for astounding



mid-15c., from Middle English astouned, astoned (c.1300), past participle of astonen, astonien "to stun" (see astonish), with more of the original sense of Vulgar Latin *extonare. Related: Astounded; astounding.

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