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astonishment

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of astonishment

  1. 1 the rapt attention and deep emotion caused by the sight of something extraordinary <the Midwesterner's astonishment at seeing the ocean for the first time> Synonyms admiration, amazement, wonder, awe, wondermentRelated Words dread; fear; respect, reverence, veneration; curiosity, interest; shock, surprise; disbelief, incomprehension, incredulity; beguilement, bewitchment, captivation, enchantment, fascination; animation, enlightenment, enlivenment, excitement, invigoration, stimulation; absorption, engagement, engrossment, enthrallment, immersion, involvementNear Antonyms apathy, disinterest, incuriosity, indifference, unconcern; boredom, doldrums, ennui, listlessness, restlessness, tedium, tiredness, weariness, weltschmerz; cheerlessness, dispiritedness, joylessness, melancholy

  2. 2 the state of being strongly impressed by something unexpected or unusual <the suddenness of the thunderstorm left the picnickers in a state of astonishment> Synonyms amazement, surprise, shock, startlement, stupefactionRelated Words awe, wonder, wonderment; startle; bewilderment, confusion, consternation, discomfiture, dismay





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