astonishment

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noun as·ton·ish·ment \ ə-ˈstä-nish-mənt \

Definition of astonishment

1 a :a feeling of great surprise and wonder :the state of being astonished :amazement
  • The garden's beauty filled me with 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

  1. The garden's beauty filled me with astonishment.

  2. A crowd watched in astonishment as he jumped from the bridge.

  3. They discovered to their astonishment that their car had been stolen.

  4. Much to the astonishment of her friends and family, she left school to pursue her acting career.

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First Known Use of astonishment

1566


ASTONISHMENT Defined for English Language Learners

astonishment

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Definition of astonishment for English Language Learners

  • : a feeling of being very surprised


ASTONISHMENT Defined for Kids

astonishment

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noun as·ton·ish·ment \ ə-ˈstä-nish-mənt \

Definition of astonishment for Students

:great surprise or wonder :amazement
  • We watched in astonishment.


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