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 for astonished
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,
     Astound, Astony.]
     1. To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow. [Obs.]
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              Enough, captain; you have astonished him. [Fluellen
              had struck Pistol].                   --Shak.
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              The very cramp-fish [i. e., torpedo] . . . being
              herself not benumbed, is able to astonish others.
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     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.
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              Musidorus . . . had his wits astonished with sorrow.
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              I, Daniel . . . was astonished at the vision. --Dan.
                                                    viii. 27.
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     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
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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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