as·​tound·​ing | \ ə-ˈstau̇n-diŋ \

Definition of astounding 

: causing astonishment or amazement an astounding revelation

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Other Words from astounding

astoundingly \ -​diŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of astounding in a Sentence

He ate an astounding amount of food. the astounding sight of their cat returning home after having been missing for two years

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The amount of times Samantha Markle popped up in the tabloids this year for no reason is astounding. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "11 Meghan Markle Headlines From This Year That Are So Ridiculous, You Have to Laugh," 25 Dec. 2018 From blockbuster epics to smaller indie experiences to inventive takes on VR, the breadth and variety of games that came out over the last 12 months is astounding. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Why Return of the Obra Dinn is my game of the year," 21 Dec. 2018 The Saudi regime’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi, its reckless military campaign in Yemen, its blockade of Qatar, and its effort to remove Lebanon’s prime minister all show astounding arrogance entitlement, and disregard for international norms. Lindsey Graham, WSJ, "Congress Gets Tough on the Saudis," 3 Dec. 2018 City then spent an astounding £276m in 2017/18 on the likes of Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy, Aymeric Laporte and others, just £30m less than Guardiola's entire four-year Barcelona spend., "Billion Pound Drop: Pep Guardiola's Career Spending Hits £1bn After Man City Mahrez Deal," 12 July 2018 The gusto confidence of the social media generation is astounding. Amber Kallor, Allure, "Val Garland’s New Book Validated Chronicles the Makeup Artist’s Legendary Work," 11 Oct. 2018 To get all the way to Melbourne for $790 round-trip from Houston is astounding. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Australia from $729 Round-Trip," 12 Sep. 2018 The attention to detail is astounding, and Lively worked with celebrity nail artist Elle to achieve the dashing look. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively's Nail Art at the 'A Simple Favor' Premiere Had a Secret Reference to the Film," 12 Sep. 2018 The impact a cancer-killing drug could have on the population would be nothing short of astounding. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Elephants rarely get cancer because their bodies have a rare 'zombie gene'," 16 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of astounding

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astounding

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The first known use of astounding was in 1590

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English Language Learners Definition of astounding

: causing a feeling of great surprise or wonder

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