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[thuhn-der-struhk] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrʌk/
overcome with consternation; confounded; astounded:
He was thunderstruck by the news of his promotion.
Archaic. struck by a thunderbolt.
Also, thunderstricken
[thuhn-der-strik-uh n] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrɪk ən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of thunderstruck
1605-15; thunder + struck
1. dumbfounded, flabbergasted, overcome.


[thuhn-der-strahyk] /ˈθʌn dərˌstraɪk/
verb (used with object), thunderstruck
[thuhn-der-struhk] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrʌk/ (Show IPA),
thunderstruck or thunderstricken
[thuhn-der-strik-uh n] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrɪk ən/ (Show IPA),
Archaic. to strike with a thunderbolt.
to astonish; dumfound.
1605-15; probably back formation from earlier thunderstricken (adj.); see thunder, strike Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The girl could not have guessed it from his countenance, but Mr. Prohack was thunderstruck.

    Mr. Prohack E. Arnold Bennett
  • Madeleine stood speechless, thunderstruck, by the rude shock of these words.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • To say that I was thunderstruck would be to put the matter mildly; and I can well imagine what your feelings must be.

  • The youth was thunderstruck at this command, but he only bowed, and went off at once to the stable.

  • "You have had a narrow escape, by Jove," said Turpin, who had been thunderstruck with the whole proceeding.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • The miracles he worked were such that the learned were thunderstruck at them.

  • I am thunderstruck, and can scarcely believe my eyes and ears.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson
  • I was thunderstruck at this, for it was the only memento that I had of her.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • At this Sasi was thunderstruck with astonishment, rage, and pain.

    Mashi and Other Stories Rabindranath Tagore
British Dictionary definitions for thunderstruck


completely taken aback; amazed or shocked
(rare) struck by lightning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thunderstruck

1610s, from thunder (n.) + past tense of strike. Originally figurative; the literal sense always has been rare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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