astonish

[uh-ston-ish]
verb (used with object)
to fill with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder; amaze: Her easy humor and keen intellect astonished me.

Origin:
1525–35; Middle English astonyen, astonen, probably < dialectal Old French *astoner, Old French estoner < Vulgar Latin *extonāre, for Latin attonāre to strike with lightning, equivalent to ex- ex-1, at- at- + tonāre to thunder; extended by -ish2, perhaps reflecting Anglo-French *astonir < dialectal Old French

astonishedly, adverb
astonisher, noun
superastonish, verb
unastonished, adjective


astound, startle, shock. See surprise.
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astonish (əˈstɒnɪʃ)
 
vb
(tr) to fill with amazement; surprise greatly
 
[C15: from earlier astonyen (see astonied), from Old French estoner, from Vulgar Latin extonāre (unattested) to strike with thunder, from Latin tonāre to thunder]

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astonish
mid-14c., astonien, from O.Fr. estoner "to stun, daze, deafen, astound," from V.L. *extonare, from L. ex- "out" + tonare "to thunder" (see thunder); so, lit. "to leave someone thunderstruck." The modern form (influenced by English verbs in -ish, e.g. distinguish, diminish)
is attested from c.1530. Related: Astonishment.
"No wonder is thogh that she were astoned" [Chaucer, "Clerk's Tale"]
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Example sentences
The hold that fragrances can have on your being has always astonished me.
But the result of their efforts astonished the researchers, as it astonishes me.
Lewis demonstrated his air gun, which operated on compressed air, and it
  astonished them.
We waited with mounting suspense and were astonished by the results.
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