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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.

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. Eugene Ionesco:

    Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.

  2. Pat Conroy, "The Lords of Discipline":

    I wanted to become the seeker, the aroused and passionate explorer, and it was better going at it knowing nothing at all, always choosing the unmarked bottle, always choosing your own unproven method, armed with nothing but faith and a belief in astonishment.

  3. 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.

  4. Shana Alexander:

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

  5. Celia Green:

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

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