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thunderstruck

[thuhn-der-struhk] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrʌk/
adjective
1.
overcome with consternation; confounded; astounded:
He was thunderstruck by the news of his promotion.
2.
Archaic. struck by a thunderbolt.
Also, thunderstricken
[thuhn-der-strik-uh n] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrɪk ən/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; thunder + struck
Synonyms
1. dumbfounded, flabbergasted, overcome.

thunderstrike

[thuhn-der-strahyk] /ˈθʌn dərˌstraɪk/
verb (used with object), thunderstruck
[thuhn-der-struhk] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrʌk/ (Show IPA),
thunderstruck or thunderstricken
[thuhn-der-strik-uh n] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrɪk ən/ (Show IPA),
thunderstriking.
1.
Archaic. to strike with a thunderbolt.
2.
to astonish; dumfound.
Origin
1605-15; probably back formation from earlier thunderstricken (adj.); see thunder, strike
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  • He was thunderstruck by the manuscript's similarities to his own ideas.
British Dictionary definitions for thunderstruck

thunderstruck

/ˈθʌndəˌstrʌk/
adjective
1.
completely taken aback; amazed or shocked
2.
(rare) struck by lightning
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Word Origin and History for thunderstruck
adj.

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

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