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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astonishingly \ ə-​ˈstä-​ni-​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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Recent Examples on the Web After South Korea’s president used the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South to reach out to Kim, an astonishing run of diplomacy took hold, and Trump and Kim made history with a meeting in Singapore in June of that year. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From focus to forgotten: Why no N. Korea spotlight at UN?," 25 Sep. 2019 After two consecutive seventh place finishes, La Vecchia Signora under the guidance of Conte would go on an astonishing unbeaten run to win the Scudetto., "Antonio Conte: 6 of the Inter Manager's Greatest Coaching Achievements," 31 July 2019 Nonetheless, Friedman was happy to see the excited response Monday from fans who were captivated by Holzhauer's astonishing run. Emily Yahr,, "'Jeopardy!' producer: 'Appropriate' action planned in leak of James Holzhauer's loss," 4 June 2019 Quantum physics, studying the fundamental nature of the universe, can often yield astonishing results. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Get Nanoparticles Spinning a Billion Times Per Second," 19 July 2018 The often astonishing results become increasingly spellbinding as the work proceeds. Patrick Friel, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Film / History / LGBTQ+ / On Video / Television Queer filmmaker Derek Jarman gets a Pride Month retrospective at FilmStruck," 20 June 2018 And that problem was being encountered again and again as other scientists tried to replicate Cano’s astonishing result. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Jurassic Park’s Unlikely Symbiosis With Real-World Science," 15 June 2018 The summit will tackle of the thorny issue of North Korea’s nuclear program, a problem that has bedeviled diplomats for a quarter-century and has become only more difficult with the astonishing advances of last year. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "North Korea’s Kim Jong Un arrives in Singapore for historic summit with Trump," 10 June 2018 The prevailing theory as to why the site would commit such an astonishing breach of trust, according to the researchers who first identified the issue? Jay Willis, GQ, "Tech Companies Have No Reason to Care About Your Privacy," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Astonishing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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