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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Astonish \As*ton"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Astonished; p. pr.
& vb. n. Astonishing.] [OE. astonien, astunian, astonen,
OF. estoner, F. ['e]tonner, fr. L. ex out + tonare to
thunder, but perhaps influenced by E. stun. See Thunder,
1. To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow. [Obs.]
Enough, captain; you have astonished him. [Fluellen
had struck Pistol]. --Shak.
The very cramp-fish [i. e., torpedo] . . . being
herself not benumbed, is able to astonish others.
2. To strike with sudden fear, terror, or wonder; to amaze;
to surprise greatly, as with something unaccountable; to
confound with some sudden emotion or passion.
Musidorus . . . had his wits astonished with sorrow.
I, Daniel . . . was astonished at the vision. --Dan.
Syn: To amaze; astound; overwhelm; surprise.
Usage: Astonished, Surprised. We are surprised at what is
unexpected. We are astonished at what is above or
beyond our comprehension. We are taken by surprise. We
are struck with astonishment. --C. J. Smith. See
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
adj 1: filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise
or shock; "an amazed audience gave the magician a
standing ovation"; "I stood enthralled, astonished by the
vastness and majesty of the cathedral"; "astounded
viewers wept at the pictures from the Oklahoma City
bombing"; "stood in stunned silence"; "stunned scientists
found not one but at least three viruses" [syn: amazed,
astonied, astonished, astounded, stunned]
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