as·​ton·​ish·​ing | \ ə-ˈstä-ni-shiŋ How to pronounce astonishing (audio) \

Definition of astonishing

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

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Other Words from astonishing

astonishingly \ ə-​ˈstä-​ni-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce astonishing (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web The most astonishing turnaround in the metropolitan region at the moment belongs to the Knicks. New York Times, "That Strange Feeling Going Around New York Is Optimism," 23 Feb. 2021 As Sexton and Garland said, the outcome being a single-digit loss is astonishing. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers see growth in first loss of season: ‘If it was last year we probably would have lost by 20, 25 or 30’," 30 Dec. 2020 The creativity in the medical community has been astonishing, Weil said. Dallas News, "Death, disaster and triumph: How 2020 rocked health care forever," 18 Dec. 2020 But the most astonishing addition to the arsenal of medical tests during this period was the X-ray, developed in 1895. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, "Why a Negative Test Doesn’t Guarantee You Don’t Have the Coronavirus," 16 Sep. 2020 Multifamily housing permit activity has been in decline for three straight years, but the 43% falloff in 2020 was astonishing. oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: Plunge in Portland building permits signals major slowdown in housing and office development," 7 Feb. 2021 The level of nonsense that came out of his mouth at different points about that was just astonishing. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, ""He wanted me dead." Stalking victim speaks out about her former relationship with killer," 16 Jan. 2021 The photos and videos of the invaders — people who had traveled to Washington to show fealty to the president — were astonishing and disorienting, in ways reminiscent of when two airplanes toppled the World Trade Center in Manhattan 19 years ago. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "A city under siege," 15 Jan. 2021 But Frisch’s greater journey — published in its entirety for the first time here — is astonishing and surreal in different ways. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Snow day in the Bay Area 1976: The view from above," 7 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of astonishing

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astonishing

see astonish

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The first known use of astonishing was in 1593

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27 Feb 2021

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“Astonishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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