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[uh-ston-i-shing] /əˈstɒn ɪ ʃɪŋ/
causing astonishment or surprise; amazing:
an astonishing victory; an astonishing remark.
Origin of astonishing
1520-30; astonish + -ing2
Related forms
astonishingly, adverb
astonishingness, noun Unabridged
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  • Miss Blake found "Bailey's Babies" astonishingly unmanageable.

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  • The stenographer's cheeks were burning; she was astonishingly pretty.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • Tests have proved that even heavy cars can be pulled up in astonishingly short distances, considering their rate of travel.

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  • That the bee-moth has multiplied most astonishingly, is undoubtedly true.

  • They were both handsome young fellows; one of them was astonishingly handsome, swarthy, black-eyed.

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British Dictionary definitions for astonishingly


causing great surprise or amazement; astounding
Derived Forms
astonishingly, adverb
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