What does astonish mean?

Definitions for astonishəˈstɒn ɪʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word astonish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. amaze, astonish, astound(verb)

    affect with wonder

    "Your ability to speak six languages amazes me!"


  1. astonish(Verb)

    surprise, flabbergast

Webster Dictionary

  1. Astonish(verb)

    to stun; to render senseless, as by a blow

  2. Astonish(verb)

    to strike with sudden fear, terror, or wonder; to amaze; to surprise greatly, as with something unaccountable; to confound with some sudden emotion or passion

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Astonish

    as-ton′ish, v.t. to impress with sudden surprise or wonder: to amaze: (Shak.) to stun—older form Aston′y, whence the p.adj. Aston′ied, dazed, bewildered, greatly astonished.—Aston′, Astun′, Astoned′, Astunned′, are obsolete.—p.adj. Aston′ished, amazed: (obs.) stunned.—adj. Aston′ishing, very wonderful, amazing.—adv. Aston′ishingly.—n. Aston′ishment, amazement: wonder: a cause for astonishment. [From the earlier form, Astone; O. Fr. estoner; L. attonāre, to strike with a thunderbolt.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of astonish in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of astonish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Twain:

    Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

  2. Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd:

    I shall be breakfasted before you are afield. In short, I shall astonish you all.

  3. Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions:

    The chief weapon of sea pirates, however, was their capacity to astonish. Nobody else could believe, until it was too late, how heartless and greedy they were.

  4. Milan Kundera:

    The light that radiates from the great novels time can never dim, for human existence is perpetually being forgotten by man and thus the novelists discoveries, however old they may be, will never cease to astonish.

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