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  1. overcome with consternation; confounded; astounded: He was thunderstruck by the news of his promotion.
  2. Archaic. struck by a thunderbolt.
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Also thun·der·strick·en [thuhn-der-strik-uhn] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrɪk ən/.

Origin of thunderstruck

First recorded in 1605–15; thunder + struck

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1. dumbfounded, flabbergasted, overcome.


verb (used with object), thun·der·struck [thuhn-der-struhk] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrʌk/, thun·der·struck or thun·der·strick·en [thuhn-der-strik-uh n] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrɪk ən/, thun·der·strik·ing.
  1. Archaic. to strike with a thunderbolt.
  2. to astonish; dumfound.
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Origin of thunderstrike

1605–15; probably back formation from earlier thunderstricken (adj.); see thunder, strike
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Related Words for thunderstruck

agape, aghast, confounded, dazed, dumbfounded, overwhelmed, petrified, shocked, startled, stunned, astounded, awestruck, dismayed, flabbergasted, floored, staggered

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thunderstricken (ˈθʌndəˌstrɪkən)

  1. completely taken aback; amazed or shocked
  2. rare struck by lightning
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Word Origin and History for thunderstruck


1610s, from thunder (n.) + past tense of strike. Originally figurative; the literal sense always has been rare.

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