• WordNet 3.6
    • v astonish affect with wonder "Your ability to speak six languages amazes me!"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Miss Fabia, the Younger, astonished at the Patrician's double-knock Miss Fabia, the Younger, astonished at the Patrician's double-knock

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Astonish 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. "Musidorus . . . had his wits astonished with sorrow.""I, Daniel . . . was astonished at the vision."
    • Astonish To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow. "Enough, captain; you have astonished him. [Fluellen had struck Pistol].""The very cramp-fish [i. e., torpedo] . . . being herself not benumbed, is able to astonish others."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • astonish To stun, as with a blow; benumb; give a stupefying shock to.
    • astonish To stun or strike dumb with sudden fear; confound.
    • astonish To strike or impress with wonder, surprise, or admiration; surprise; amaze.
    • astonish Synonyms Surprise, Amaze, etc. (see surprise); startle, shock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Astonish as-ton′ish to impress with sudden surprise or wonder: to amaze:
    • v.t Astonish as-ton′ish (Shak.) to stun—older form Aston′y, whence the p.adj. Aston′ied, dazed, bewildered, greatly astonished
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  • Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
    “You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “It's astonishing how important a man becomes when he dies.”
  • Saying
    “Knowledge, humbles a great person, astonishes the common, and puffs up the small.”
  • Andre Maurois
    “In literature, as in love, we are astonished at the choice made by other people.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “The little rift between the sexes is astonishingly widened by simply teaching one set of catchwords to the girls and another to the boys.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. astonien, astunian, astonen, OF. estoner, F. étonner, fr. L. ex, out + tonare, to thunder, but perhaps influenced by E. stun,. See Thunder Astound Astony
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From the earlier form, Astone; O. Fr. estoner; L. attonāre, to strike with a thunderbolt.


In literature:

Overcome with fear and astonishment, Jalaladdeen threw himself upon his couch; but the dawn of morning found him still awake.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
My folks will, however, be mildly astonished when they hear I've turned reformer.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
The astonished counsellor asked what it all meant, and who the gentleman might be.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He paused, with an upward tilt of the chin, but the tilt was the result of pure astonishment.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Greatly astonished, he lifted it out of the light ray and carried it to the darkest part of the shop.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
You knew, then, that I should come; and, since you knew it, my coming ought not to astonish you.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
He stopped, and apparently gazed at her in astonishment.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
What was his astonishment to see the postman.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
To my own astonishment, it gave this answer.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Investigation revealed an astonishing thoroughness and impartiality on the part of the bandits.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon

In poetry:

What was my astonishment—
What was my compunction,
When she reached the Offices
Of the Didland Junction!
"A Doe In The City" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And the Calmuc envoy sent,
As before to take their dues all,
Got, to his astonishment,
A unanimous refusal!
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
While for Britannia's distant shore
We sweep the liquid plain,
And with astonish'd eyes explore
The wide-extended main.
"A Farewell To America to Mrs. S. W." by Phillis Wheatley
Not more astonished had we been
If madness, that dark night, unseen,
Had in our chambers crept,
And murdered while we slept!
"An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
God, in astonishment, would curse
The worldly loyalties of men,
And very soon, without a doubt,
Would put me back on earth again.
""If God in his almighty Power..."" by Konstantin Simonov
Where babies, much to their surprise,
Are born astonishingly wise;
With every Science on their lips,
And Art at all their finger-tips.
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

As a result, it offers astonishing geographic and climatic diversity.
Women take centre stage in the astonishing Amaluna, a romantic high-wire act with a hint of sex.
Todd Akin, the Republican candidate challenging Claire McCaskill for Senate in Missouri, threw away a double-digit lead with an astonishing 30-second sound bite on Sunday.
Voters have been astonishingly clear.
Tears and laughter in the span of about 15 minutes -- that's what's so astonishing about these Macklemore & Ryan Lewis songs.
Edison police produce astonishing record of misconduct.
Passion flowers, a prelude to passion fruit, have an astonishing look, unmatched by any other floral display.
'Pure, astonishing reportage' of makeshift life in an Indian slum.
Some soldiers who are muscular are astonished to fail the height-weight standard.
When the Hilltoppers began fall workouts, what they had to replace seemed astonishing.
With astonishing haplessness, Greece has called into question both its cry for financial help from the rest of the world and its dedication to a free press.
If you paid $45.95 for Saturday's Mike Tyson fight, and you felt ripped off, even astonished by its brevity, you must have ignored all we knew about how undeserving a challenger Peter McNeeley was.
For a college hockey championship game, a 9-1 score is astonishing, like 100-50 in basketball or 73-0 in football.
In Istanbul, construction of much-needed transit projects was halted when astonishing archaeological treasures began turning up.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his astonishing overhead kick goal against England hours too late to be named best goal in 2012 in a FIFA contest.

In science:

It is then astonishing that the Sℓ2M can give an order of magnitude estimate of the experimental data.
Two-proton radioactivity
I recall a great sense of excitement in the seminar room in Madison after Professor Sz´ekely presented the astonishing findings about distance covariance (in the spring of 2008).
Introducing the discussion paper by Sz\'{e}kely and Rizzo
Therefore, it is perfectly reasonable that we use this astonishing result, one of the great triumphs of QED, to estimate a quantum bound on the photon mass.
Upper bounds on the photon mass
Using the absolute values of the elements in first two rows supplemented by the single phase γ measured in B → D(∗)K decays with the assumption of unitarity it is possible to extract Vtx elements from tree level processes with astonishing precision.
Summary of WG4: "Lifetime, mixing and weak mixing phase in charm and beauty, including direct determination of V_{tx}
These observational facts lead to the astonishing finding that if the gamma emission were isotropic, the source would be able to transfer half of the solar mass into radiation energy during tens of seconds.
Statistical Analysis of the Observable Data of Gamma-Ray Bursts