astonish

01. We were totally [astonished] when my brother showed up at the wedding; we had understood that he wouldn't be able to make it.
02. The children stared in [astonishment] as the magician pulled the rabbit out of his sleeve.
03. There is an [astonishing] number of people in this country who believe that Elvis is still alive.
04. You will be [astonished] when you see Stacey; she has cut her hair, and lost a lot of weight, and just looks gorgeous.
05. Police were [astonished] to discover that the robbery had been committed by two 12-year-old girls.
06. The pilot gazed in [astonishment] as the alien spaceship pulled up beside his jet.
07. The young man is [astonishingly] strong, and should make the Olympics easily.
08. It is simply [astonishing] how fast that new guy has risen in this company.
09. André Maurois once said that in literature, as in love, we are [astonished] at the choice made by other people.
10. Lytton Strachey once remarked that perhaps of all the creations of man, language is the most [astonishing].
11. According to a 1997 poll, the average American has seen the movie "Star Wars" an [astonishing] 6.7 times.
12. Given their small population, it is [astonishing] how many medals Norway won in the Winter Olympics.
13. The world's seas and oceans contain an [astonishing] variety of animals and plants.
14. During a tour of Kenya, every twist in the road brings fresh [astonishment] to the visitor.
15. The tiny country of Brunei is known chiefly for the [astonishing] wealth of its Sultan.
16. A Yiddish proverb states, "It's [astonishing] how important a man becomes when he dies."
17. The violins made by Antonio Stradivari are known for their [astonishing] sound quality.
18. The African continent is home to an [astonishing] geographical and cultural diversity.
19. North Americans are gaining weight at an [astonishing] rate.

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  • Astonish — As*ton ish, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Astonished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Astonishing}.] [OE. astonien, astunian, astonen, OF. estoner, F. [ e]tonner, fr. L. ex out + tonare to thunder, but perhaps influenced by E. stun. See {Thunder}, {Astound}, {Astony}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • astonish — index confound, confuse (bewilder), overcome (overwhelm), overwhelm Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • astonish — c.1300, astonien, from O.Fr. estoner to stun, daze, deafen, astound, from V.L. *extonare, from L. ex out + tonare to thunder (see THUNDER (Cf. thunder)); so, lit. to leave someone thunderstruck. The modern form (influenced by English verbs in ish …   Etymology dictionary

  • astonish — *surprise, astound, amaze, flabbergast Analogous words: nonplus, dumbfound, bewilder, confound (see PUZZLE): impress, strike, touch, *affect …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • astonish — [v] surprise amaze, astound, bewilder, blow away*, blow one’s mind*, boggle, bowl over*, confound, daze, dumbfound, flabbergast, floor*, knock over*, overwhelm, put one away*, shock, spring on, stagger, startle, stun, stupefy, take aback, throw a …   New thesaurus

  • astonish — ► VERB ▪ surprise or impress greatly. DERIVATIVES astonished adjective astonishing adjective astonishment noun. ORIGIN Old French estoner «stun, stupefy», from Latin tonare to thunder …   English terms dictionary

  • astonish — [ə stän′ish] vt. [altered < ME astonien < OFr estoner < VL * extonare (for L attonare) < ex , intens. + tonare, to THUNDER] to fill with sudden wonder or great surprise; amaze SYN. SURPRISE astonishing adj. astonishingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • astonish */ — UK [əˈstɒnɪʃ] / US [əˈstɑnɪʃ] verb [transitive] Word forms astonish : present tense I/you/we/they astonish he/she/it astonishes present participle astonishing past tense astonished past participle astonished to surprise someone very much Beth… …   English dictionary

  • astonish — See amaze. See amaze, astonish, surprise …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • astonish — v. 1) to astonishgreatly, very much 2) (R) it astonished me to learn that he was here; it astonished us that they were able to survive * * * [ə stɒnɪʃ] it astonished us that they were able to survive very much (R) it astonished me to learn that… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • astonish — as|ton|ish [əˈstɔnıʃ US əˈsta: ] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: astone to astonish (14 17 centuries) (from Old French estoner, from Vulgar Latin extonare, from Latin tonare to thunder ) + ish (as in abolish)] to surprise someone very much =… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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