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[uh-stoun-ding] /əˈstaʊn dɪŋ/
capable of overwhelming with amazement; stunningly surprising.
Origin of astounding
1580-90; astound + -ing2
Related forms
astoundingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The first words he spoke were so astoundingly unfair that I could hardly believe that I heard them aright.

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • They may be right, but there is just the possibility that they may be astoundingly wrong.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • Yes, I think that first chapter of Genesis, as an attempt to sum up the history of millions of years, is astoundingly complete.

    The Altar Steps Compton MacKenzie
  • This thing was so big, so astoundingly and unexpectedly important.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • She was astoundingly fair to look upon—dazzling, it might be said, with some support to the adjective.

    The Husbands of Edith George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for astoundingly


causing amazement and wonder; bewildering
Derived Forms
astoundingly, adverb
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