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astonishing

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adjective as·ton·ish·ing \-ni-shiŋ\

Simple Definition of astonishing

  • : causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder : causing astonishment

Full Definition of astonishing

  1. :  causing astonishment :  surprising <an astonishing discovery>

as·ton·ish·ing·lyplay \-shiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of astonishing

  1. He showed an astonishing lack of concern for others.

  2. The truck can hold an astonishing amount of stuff.

  3. She gave an astonishing performance in her first film.



1593

First Known Use of astonishing

1593



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