astonishing

adjective
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 \ -​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce astonishingly (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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While Pixar was an astonishing success, Lasseter's legacy will also reflect its struggles with gender representation. Gene Maddaus, chicagotribune.com, "John Lasseter will exit Disney at the end of the year," 11 June 2018 The astonishing underdog success of Leicester City, which won the Premier League in 2016—a story Critchley loves—owed much to analytics. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "How We Watch Soccer Now," 5 Dec. 2016 Thankfully, he and costar Kathryn Newton had actual sets built and filmed on location in London and Scotland to anchor the astonishing world of Pokémon. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, ""Pokémon Detective Pikachu" Star Justice Smith on the Power of Representation, Fans Dressing Up as Tim Goodman, and Sequel Ideas," 17 May 2019 Social insect colonies can achieve feats of astonishing complexity, like building termite hills. Tim Vernimmen, Scientific American, "Babysitting Mammals Keep It in the Family," 20 June 2018 But there's a guy in the kitchen orchestrating an enlightened menu that pays subtle tributes to the owner's heritage while also reflecting the astonishing diversity of Houston. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "Poitin ready to charm its way into Houston foodie hearts," 10 May 2018 Yet the astonishing historical confluence of one of the last African slaves in America and one of the great American writers was somehow shrugged off by posterity. Casey N. Cep, The New Yorker, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Story of a Former Slave Finally Comes to Print," 7 May 2018 The 2018 election and the looming crisis in 2020 An astonishing number of Republicans attacked the legitimacy of the November election in the days and weeks afterward. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 There are other theories about how the Great Dying racked up such astonishing numbers. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Discover New Details on How the "Great Dying" Nearly Ended Life on Earth," 28 Aug. 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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