Synonyms and Antonyms of taking aback
to make a strong impression on (someone) with something unexpected
- Everyone was taken aback by her sudden anger.
- The family seemed taken aback by the overwhelming generosity of their neighbors.
amazing, astonishing, astounding, bowling over, dumbfounding (also dumfounding), flabbergasting, flooring, rocking, shocking, startling, stunning, stupefying, surprising (also surprizing), thunderstriking
befuddling, bewildering, blindsiding, blowing away, confounding, confusing, dazing, discomfiting, disconcerting, dismaying, jarring, muddling, nonplussing (also nonplusing), perplexing, shaking up