as·​ton·​ish·​ing | \ə-ˈstä-ni-shiŋ \

Definition of astonishing 

: causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder : surprising an astonishing discovery

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astonishingly \ -​shiŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of astonishing in a Sentence

He showed an astonishing lack of concern for others. The truck can hold an astonishing amount of stuff. She gave an astonishing performance in her first film.
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Sakkari hits the ball with clean, simple technique and generates astonishing pace. Geoff Macdonald, New York Times, "Players to Watch at the French Open," 25 May 2018 Two nights after shooting 64 percent from downtown in one of the most prolific long-distance performances in playoff history, the Sixers spent much of Game 2 regressing to the mean, watching open looks rattle out at an astonishing pace. David Murphy,, "Ben Simmons' performance a silver lining in Sixers' Game 2 loss | David Murphy," 17 Apr. 2018 The Next Frontier Medicine has changed at an astonishing pace throughout the past century. Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018 The novel’s unexpected success is all the more astonishing given the striking lack of diversity within the romance genre. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, "The Changing Face of Romance Novels," 7 July 2018 And what’s even more astonishing is learning that Kingelez made no preparatory drawings or plans. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams’ Review: Utopia in Miniature," 23 June 2018 But perhaps the president’s most astonishing claim in May came on the last day of the month, in the form of a tweet. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "President Trump has made 3,251 false or misleading claims in 497 days," 1 June 2018 Call it a victory lap as Poppe caps off her astonishing development throughout a memorable season of Idol. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "'American Idol' Winner Maddie Poppe's 6 Best Performances," 22 May 2018 But what is often most astonishing to new hikers is the stark landscape. Craig Fehrman, Outside Online, "The CDT Gets Blazed," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of astonishing

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astonishing

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