Definition of astonishment
2 : something that astonishes : a cause of amazement or wonder 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
Examples of astonishment in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of astonishment from the Web
In 2009, in an act that engendered astonishment and rage among scholars, Mr. Zukofsky escalated prevailing tensions by posting a manifesto on Z-site, the official online companion to Louis Zukofsky’s work.
Elspeth Levy had no choice but to walk around the block in her wedding finery, hike up her train, and climb over the patio fence as her guests gaped in astonishment.
Johnson's lawyer, Robert Pickering of Hartford, expressed astonishment that police charged Johnson in the shooting in the first place.
Rival networks have indeed been looking at what Netflix and, to a lesser extent, Amazon, have been doing, and their reactions range from outright envy to astonishment to abject anger.
Caleb Brown, a postdoctoral researcher at the museum, grins at my astonishment.
To Cole’s astonishment, the prime suspect threatened to join the militia during his interrogation.
To Cole's astonishment, the prime suspect threatened to join the militia during his interrogation.
While there’s an eco-minded element to his work (his website, featherfolio.com, assures us his feathers are legally obtained), the biggest takeaway is astonishment that anyone can operate on this small a scale with these unlikely materials.
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First Known Use of astonishment
ASTONISHMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of astonishment for English Language Learners
: a feeling of being very surprised
ASTONISHMENT Defined for Kids
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