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
But some things — like a woman arrested this week for allegedly riding a horse while drunk down a busy highway — are still surprising.
The implied setting of a school for a music video is totally surprising.
Which isn't really surprising, given Alice's attitude toward stepping up and taking chances.
The cut was more surprising than the revenue-forecast reduction and probably reflects the reduced prospect of high-margin ad-hoc project work in the fourth quarter, Liberum analyst Ian Whittaker said in a note to clients.
What was most surprising to me was my dad’s reaction.
The diagnosis was especially surprising, given that Long hadn’t done anything different than usual in the period leading up to her illness.
None of this is particularly surprising to anyone living in the sport.
Given the great sacrifices made by ordinary people for the cause, the search for some way to honor them is not at all surprising, and does not require one to assume a vast conspiracy to justify Jim Crow.
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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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