Definition of astonishment
- Everything that he had seen so far … had been so astonishing that he began to wonder whether there could possibly be any more astonishments left.
- —Roald Dahl
The garden's beauty filled me with astonishment.
A crowd watched in astonishment as he jumped from the bridge.
They discovered to their astonishment that their car had been stolen.
Much to the astonishment of her friends and family, she left school to pursue her acting career.
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to lessen the seriousness or strength of
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