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[uh-ston-ish-muh nt] /əˈstɒn ɪʃ mənt/
overpowering wonder or surprise; amazement:
He looked with astonishment at his friends.
an object or cause of amazement.
Origin of astonishment
1570-80; astonish + -ment
Related forms
superastonishment, noun Unabridged
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  • For here is surprise, astonishment and adventure, restored to theater.
  • She expressed disappointment over the lousy grade and astonishment over the apparent ill will in the comments.
  • Yet knowing that never seems to diminish my astonishment at the incongruity of the piano's presence.
  • astonishment is the effect he's after: drama, emotion, performance.
  • But my lack of astonishment will not make me sleep better at night.
  • But to my astonishment there was no direct air connection between the two far-flung cities.
  • Experts on illegal wildlife trade expressed astonishment at the huge number of rare owls seized.
  • Every new planet-finding technique brings new looks of astonishment.
  • The bubble no sooner burst, then the whole nation was thrown into astonishment and consternation.
  • One applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.
British Dictionary definitions for astonishment


extreme surprise; amazement
a cause of amazement
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Word Origin and History for astonishment

1590s; see astonish + -ment. Earlier it meant "paralysis" (1570s).

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