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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Believe it or not, that’s not the most astonishing thing in the Elizabeth Holmes story. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "“She Absolutely Has Sociopathic Tendencies”: Elizabeth Holmes, Somehow, Is Trying to Start a New Company!," 8 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter Then came the most astonishing political result in the country for 61 years. The Economist, "A storm breaks around AirAsia’s boss," 16 May 2018 An astonishing number of youth suicides in Palo Alto occurred in 2014 and 2015, when four people died by stepping in front of trains near Gunn High School. Sarah Ravani,, "San Mateo County schools step up suicide prevention efforts," 18 June 2018 The Singapore summit capped a swift and astonishing turn of events that began on New Year's Day with a pledge by Kim to reach out to the world now that his nuclear forces have been completed. NBC News, "North Korea basks in 'peace-loving' Kim's summit performance," 13 June 2018 The summit capped a swift and astonishing turn of events that began on New Year's Day with a pledge by Kim to reach out to the world now that his nuclear forces have been completed. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "North Korea lauds, and basks in, Kim's summit performance," 12 June 2018 In less than two years, an astonishing number of 120 burglaries took place in the tiny town of Visalia, California - about midway between the two hubs of the Golden State Killer's later sprees, Sacramento and Los Angeles. The Washington Post,, "Georgia cop fired after he ran over fleeing suspect with his car," 3 June 2018 Trudy Rubin What’s so astonishing about this denouement is that the White House has squandered a pressure campaign that was paying some dividends. Trudy Rubin,, "North Korea meeting canceled thanks to Trump team's bluster | Trudy Rubin," 24 May 2018 An astonishing fact: On a force of 1,500, just 16 Boston firefighters are women — barely 1 percent. Adrian Walker,, "For women in the Boston Fire Department, an unwelcome part of the job," 16 May 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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The first known use of astonishing was in 1593

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