as·​ton·​ished | \ ə-ˈstä-nisht How to pronounce astonished (audio) \

Definition of astonished

: feeling or showing great surprise or wonder : astounded, amazed … she awoke the next day astonished to find that she suffered no ill effects.— Jean T. Barrett heard the news with an astonished smile

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Recent Examples on the Web Beowulf battles in the murk, killing the mother, decapitating the son, and finally breaking the surface before his astonished kinsmen, bearing Grendel’s head. James Parker, The Atlantic, "Seamus Heaney’s Journey Into Darkness," 20 June 2020 If that moment doesn't raise a few goosebumps, the final shot of an astonished Courtney staring up at the towering hardware — which, incidentally, looks like a Transfomer's take on Pat's car — should do the trick. Matt Cabral,, "DC's Stargirl pilot recap: A super-heroic start," 19 May 2020 The astonished organisers displayed them in Spoleto’s ancient amphitheatre. J.u-s | West Yorkshire, The Economist, "The industry and poetry of David Smith," 17 July 2019 One corker of a courtroom exchange is such a stunner that readers will be left astonished. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Beneath a Ruthless Sun' is a wrenching story of bigotry – and an inspiring tale of heroes," 26 Apr. 2018 An astonished Jesse Cook, who later would be a police commissioner, watched the temblor shiver up Washington Street. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "1906 San Francisco earthquake: Old photos offer new glimpses of devastation," 18 Apr. 2018 Our cabby told us about an astonished couple preparing to get their daughter from her car seat when a baboon popped into the back, grabbed the baby bottle, chugged it, and then gave it back to the baby. Bella English,, "A vacation sequel as good as the original," 13 Feb. 2018 At $424, things were looking up a bit, though most of the world was still astonished people would pay that much for a digital currency. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Bitcoin Regrets: How Much $100 Would Be Worth Today if You Invested Earlier," 12 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of astonished

1716, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of astonished was in 1716

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25 Jun 2020

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“Astonished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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: feeling or showing great surprise or wonder

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