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surprise

variants: also surprize

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1 something that makes a strong impression because it is so unexpected
  • The anniversary party was such a complete surprise that the couple was speechless for a moment.
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bolt from the blue (also bolt out of the blue)

2 the state of being strongly impressed by something unexpected or unusual
  • stared in utter surprise at the deer in his cabin
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3 a setup in which hidden attackers lie in wait
  • waited under cover of darkness and took the enemy encampment by surprise at dawn
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surprise

variants: also surprize

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1 to make a strong impression on (someone) with something unexpected
  • I was very surprised when my parents offered to pay the down payment on our house.
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knock for a loop, take aback, take by surprise

2 to lie in wait for and attack by surprise
  • FBI agents surprised the counterfeiters in their own base of operations.
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Synonym Discussion of surprise

surprise, astonish, astound, amaze, flabbergast mean to impress forcibly through unexpectedness. surprise stresses causing an effect through being unexpected but not necessarily unusual or novel.
    • surprised to find them at home
astonish implies surprising so greatly as to seem incredible.
    • a discovery that astonished the world
astound stresses the shock of astonishment.
    • too astounded to respond
amaze suggests an effect of bewilderment.
    • amazed by the immense size of the place
flabbergast may suggest thorough astonishment and bewilderment or dismay.
    • flabbergasted by his angry refusal


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