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 \ 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 To even get here, to the state tournament, was astonishing, Samuels said, even for a program that’s done it now 17 times since 1990. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Mountains met: A run that never materialized, 3-point struggles pivotal in Lincoln’s 4A state semifinal loss," 6 Mar. 2020 The company’s astonishing success has made it, in turn, a powerful influence on other companies. Scott Shane, New York Times, "Prime Mover: How Amazon Wove Itself Into the Life of an American City," 30 Nov. 2019 Chaos, longing, violence, hope, tearing down, building up, experimentation, astonishing successes and defeats. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "A storyteller chronicles the mass migrations that define our age," 17 July 2019 Both the single and the album were an astonishing success. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Remembering João Gilberto," 10 July 2019 The list of people performing on the song is astonishing, from the instrumentation of The Wrecking Crew to backing vocals from The Blossoms, Sonny and Cher, Bobby Sheen and others. cleveland, "100 greatest songs of the 1960s by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers," 4 Mar. 2020 An astonishing amount of information has been learned in the days since about the outbreak, caused by a new virus that jumped from animals into people. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "The basics: What we know — and don’t know — about the virus spreading in China and beyond," 22 Jan. 2020 Those vast, sandy deserts contain an astonishing amount of detail and a compelling sense of mystery that the creators at Shedworks have spent years trying to get right. Julie Muncy, Wired, "The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020," 11 Jan. 2020 Last month, Meza clocked an astonishing time of 2 hours, 53 minutes and 10 seconds at the Los Angeles Marathon. Stella Chan, Stephanie Becker And Jason Hanna, CNN, "A marathoner accused of cheating after clocking a record time dies by suicide," 8 July 2019

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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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30 Mar 2020

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“Astonishing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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