Examples of surprising in a Sentence
It's not surprising that he doesn't want to go.
The changes to the campus were surprising.
He shows a surprising lack of concern for others.
A surprising number of people were laid off at the factory.
Recent Examples of surprising from the Web
Candidates from the far left and far right have risen in the polls ahead of next October’s general election, threatening Brazil’s recovery and possibly surprising overly optimistic investors, says Doria.
These photos originally appeared in bioGraphic, an online magazine featuring beautiful and surprising stories about nature and sustainability.
Following a friend’s lead, Calder settled on engineering—not a surprising choice given his mechanical curiosity and workshop tinkering.
This was especially surprising coming from Peterson who doesn’t typically clash with coaches or teammates on the sideline.
That's a relatively rare occurrence, but not an surprising one, as tensions with North Korea continue to simmer.
Such strict general guidelines might sound surprising, but country singers tried very hard this past year to stay politically neutral.
The conversation that goes on is a surprising one full of twists, turns and reactions.
What happened next was neither surprising nor coincidental.
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First Known Use of surprising
Synonymsamazing, astonishing, astounding, blindsiding, dumbfounding (also dumfounding), eye-opening, flabbergasting, jarring, jaw-dropping, jolting, shocking, startling, stunning, stupefying
Related Wordsunannounced, unanticipated, unexpected, unforeseen; awesome, awful, breathtaking, fabulous, heart-stopping, marvelous (or marvellous), miraculous, portentous, prodigious, staggering, stupendous, sublime, wonderful, wondrous; extraordinary, phenomenal, rare, sensational, spectacular; befuddling, bewildering, confounding, confusing, discomfiting, disconcerting, dismaying, flustering, muddling, nonplussing (also nonplusing), perplexing, upsetting; incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, unbelievable, unimaginable, unlikely, unthinkable; singular, uncommon, unique, unusual, unwonted; conspicuous, notable, noticeable, outstanding, remarkable; impressive, striking
Near Antonymscommon, customary, mundane, normal, ordinary, typical, unexceptional, unremarkable, usual
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- Although some things were always the same with Abuelita … others were surprising …
- —Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
- He is a surprisingly good singer.
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