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 for astonishing
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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Astonishing \As*ton"ish*ing\, a.
     Very wonderful; of a nature to excite astonishment; as, an
     astonishing event.
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     Syn: Amazing; surprising; wonderful; marvelous.
          [1913 Webster] As*ton"ish*ing*ly, adv. --
          As*ton"ish*ing*ness, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: surprising greatly; "she does an amazing amount of work";
             "the dog was capable of astonishing tricks" [syn:
             amazing, astonishing]
      2: so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm; "such an
         enormous response was astonishing"; "an astounding
         achievement"; "the amount of money required was staggering";
         "suffered a staggering defeat"; "the figure inside the boucle
         dress was stupefying" [syn: astonishing, astounding,
         staggering, stupefying]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  42 Moby Thesaurus words for "astonishing":
     amazing, appalling, astounding, breathtaking, confounding,
     conspicuous, egregious, electrifying, exceptional, extraordinary,
     eye-opening, fabulous, fantastic, formidable, incredible, jarring,
     jolting, marked, marvelous, mind-boggling, miraculous, notable,
     noteworthy, noticeable, of mark, outstanding, overwhelming,
     prodigious, remarkable, shocking, signal, spectacular, staggering,
     startling, striking, stunning, stupendous, superior, surprising,
     uncommon, wonderful, wondrous

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