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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Definitions for thunderstruck

  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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Citations for thunderstruck
He seemed awed,—stunned,—crushed. He had all the bearing and mien of one who, having defiantly predicted a calamity, was thunderstruck by the verification of his prophecy. Charles King, From the Ranks, 1887
I was thunderstruck, for such a thing as a patient getting of his own accord into the Superintendent's study is almost unknown. Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897
Origin of thunderstruck
Thunderstruck in its current sense entered English in the early 1600s. Its literal sense "struck by lightning" passed out of use in the late 1700s.