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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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 In less than two years, an astonishing number of 120 burglaries took place in the tiny town of Visalia, Calif. — about midway between the two hubs of the Golden State Killer’s later sprees, Sacramento and Los Angeles. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "The most disturbing parts of the 171-page warrants for the Golden State Killer suspect," 2 June 2018 That's completely astonishing to me — and quite wonderful. Mimi Read, House Beautiful, "Designer Dierdre Heekin on Capturing the Italian Lifestyle," 20 Sep. 2011 The basilica itself is an astonishing feat of engineering, carved 860 feet directly into the granite of the mountain. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 This last function describes the G11’s ability to fire three rounds at the astonishing rate of 2,000 rounds a minute–that’s around 33 rounds per second. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "We Got Our Hands on an HK G11, the Space-Age Rifle That Never Was," 20 Mar. 2019 The focus on fungus is new, but Kew’s astonishing collection of fungi samples goes back to the days of evolution theorist Charles Darwin and children’s author Beatrix Potter. Gregory Katz, The Seattle Times, "Royal Botanic Garden seeks respect for world’s fungus," 11 Sep. 2018 An astonishing collection of laughs — whinnies, giggles, squeals, snorts, heaves — gradually colors the narrative, until this seemingly harmless man becomes, in effect, not just a witness to savagery, but also an accessory. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Surprise Lessons From John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’," 11 Jan. 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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