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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Other Words from astonishing

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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Magazine The spiny forest that the Antandroy call home is filled with an astonishing 95 percent–endemic flora. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018 That's nowhere near the percentages in the Bay Area, where an astonishing 54 percent of San Jose homes and 40 percent of San Francisco homes are valued at more than $1 million. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "'That's a California thing.' Sacramento ranks high among cities with million-dollar homes," 7 July 2018 Damian Carrington at The Guardian reports that in the last 20 years, hedgehog numbers have dropped an astonishing 66 percent. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The UK’s Hedgehogs (and Other Mammals) Are In Danger," 16 June 2018 Nearly everything about the LHC—its detectors, the data filtering, the clusters that store, share, and analyze the data—is pretty astonishing. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Want to move something at nearly the speed of light? Here’s how," 16 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of astonishing

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astonishing

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