stunning

[stuhn-ing]
adjective
1.
causing, capable of causing, or liable to cause astonishment, bewilderment, or a loss of consciousness or strength: a stunning blow.
2.
of striking beauty or excellence: What a stunning dress you're wearing!

Origin:
1660–70; stun + -ing2

stunningly, adverb


1. stupefying, numbing, dumbfounding, astounding.
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stun

[stuhn]
verb (used with object), stunned, stunning.
1.
to deprive of consciousness or strength by or as if by a blow, fall, etc.: The blow to his jaw stunned him for a moment.
2.
to astonish; astound; amaze: Her wit stunned the audience.
3.
to shock; overwhelm: The world was stunned by the attempted assassination.
4.
to daze or bewilder by noise.
noun
5.
the act of stunning.
6.
the condition of being stunned.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English stonen, stunen (v.) < Old French estoner to shake, make resound; see astonish

unstunned, adjective


2, 3. See shock1. 4. stupefy.
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stun (stʌn)
 
vb , stuns, stunning, stunned
1.  to render unconscious, as by a heavy blow or fall
2.  to shock or overwhelm
3.  to surprise or astound
 
n
4.  the state or effect of being stunned
 
[C13 stunen, from Old French estoner to daze, stupefy, from Vulgar Latin extonāre (unattested), from Latin ex-1 + tonāre to thunder]

stunning (ˈstʌnɪŋ)
 
adj
informal very attractive, impressive, astonishing, etc
 
'stunningly
 
adv

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stun
c.1300, "to daze or render unconscious" (from a blow, powerful emotion, etc.), probably aphetic of O.Fr. estoner "to stun" (see astonish). Stunning popularized for "splendid, excellent" c.1849.
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Stunning footage of giraffe framed by a beautiful sunset.
They come up with stunning ideas that enliven subjects that have been
  photographed a million times before.
But what really amazes me is the stunning lack of curiosity many academics
  display about the work of their colleagues.
The former rebels surprise everyone with a stunning electoral success.
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