sur·prised | \ sər-ˈprīzd , sə- \

Definition of surprised 

: feeling or showing surprise because of something unexpected was very surprised to see her there was too surprised to speak a surprised expression

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Midway through the book, Ames is surprised when Gilead’s prodigal son returns from a 20-year absence: Jack Boughton, whose father is the town’s Presbyterian minister and Ames’s best friend. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 July 2018 So don’t be surprised if red-state Democrats who lack a robust lead in their own races decide their bosses the people admire Brett Kavanaugh’s approach to constitutional law too much to turn him away. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Manchin, Donnelly Begin to Lay Groundwork for Voting to Confirm Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 This sign is closely linked to family and matters of the home, so don't be surprised if your thoughts take a turn for the domestic on Thursday night., "The New Moon This Thursday Will Be A Double Whammy," 9 July 2018 Fans shouldn't have been surprised, however, as Johnson spends a lot of time on the mountain and now has three sub-45:30 results to show for it. Anchorage Daily News, "Who will win Wednesday’s Mount Marathon races? Take your pick," 4 July 2018 Some in the Comcast camp were surprised at how fast Disney won regulatory approval for its Fox deal, given that the two compete in similar industries like TV and filmmaking, the people said. Shalini Ramachandran, WSJ, "Comcast’s Pursuit of Fox Just Got Tougher," 13 July 2018 Nobody is as surprised at this unfortunate turn of events as Metu. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Metu’s misfortune means missed opportunity for Spurs’ second-rounder," 12 July 2018 Noe Valley neighbors were surprised when Mayor-elect London Breed and state Sen. Scott Wiener dropped in at the Laidley Street Fourth of July Block Party and Parade. Leah Garchik,, "It’s a perilous day in the neighborhood," 8 July 2018 The decision to have Princess Charlotte's baptism in St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham surprised traditionalists too. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Christening Quiz You Have to Take Before Prince Louis's Baptism," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of surprised

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surprised was in 1882

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