What does astonishment mean?

Definitions for astonishment
əˈstɒn ɪʃ məntas·ton·ish·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. astonishment, amazementnoun

    the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising

    "he looked at me in astonishment"


  1. astonishmentnoun

    amazement, great surprise

  2. astonishmentnoun

    An amazing thing or phenomenon.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Astonishmentnoun

    Amazement; confusion of mind from fear or wonder.

    Etymology: estonnement, Fr.

    We found, with no less wonder to us, than astonishment to themselves, that they were the two valiant and famous brothers. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    She esteemed this as much above his wisdom, as astonishment is beyond bare admiration. South.


  1. astonishment

    Surprise (pronunciation ) is a brief mental and physiological state, a startle response experienced by animals and humans as the result of an unexpected event. Surprise can have any valence; that is, it can be neutral/moderate, pleasant, unpleasant, positive, or negative. Surprise can occur in varying levels of intensity ranging from very-surprised, which may induce the fight-or-flight response, or little-surprise that elicits a less intense response to the stimuli.


  1. astonishment

    Astonishment is a feeling of great surprise, wonder, or disbelief, often in response to something unexpected or extraordinary. It is the strong sense of amazement or shock caused by something that is not anticipated or cannot be easily comprehended.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Astonishmentnoun

    the condition of one who is stunned. Hence: Numbness; loss of sensation; stupor; loss of sense

  2. Astonishmentnoun

    dismay; consternation

  3. Astonishmentnoun

    the overpowering emotion excited when something unaccountable, wonderful, or dreadful is presented to the mind; an intense degree of surprise; amazement

  4. Astonishmentnoun

    the object causing such an emotion

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of astonishment in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of astonishment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of astonishment in a Sentence

  1. President Cristina Fernandez:

    There is not just astonishment and question marks, but also a history that is too long, too heavy, too difficult, and above all, very sordid.

  2. Jon Batiste:

    Oh my goodness. I’m still in a state of astonishment and shock, i’m just really happy that we were able to make something in complete artistic integrity and have it be recognized.

  3. Shana Alexander:

    We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.

  4. Dean Koontz, Watchers:

    Although the constant shadow of certain death looms over everyday, the pleasures and joys of life can be so fine and affecting that the heart is nearly stilled in astonishment.

  5. Celia Green:

    The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.

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