Definition of astonishment in English:

astonishment

noun

  • [mass noun] Great surprise:

    ‘she looked at him in astonishment’
    • ‘The look on his face as he saw Missy at the door was both of astonishment and embarrassment.’
    • ‘They paused with the same look of embarrassment and astonishment on their faces.’
    • ‘To Peter's astonishment a familiar figure was wading ashore, a red and white lifebelt about his waist.’
    • ‘To my astonishment, the moment we start talking, we hit it off instantly.’
    • ‘His widow yesterday told of her astonishment at discovering her husband's debts after his death.’
    • ‘It's used as an expression of pleased astonishment, or at least it was when I was a boy.’
    • ‘Friends and colleagues expressed astonishment last night as the news broke.’
    • ‘To the township's astonishment, their team hammered one visiting club after another.’
    • ‘To my great astonishment, he proceeded to ask me out - right there, in front of my parents!’
    • ‘He looks at me strangely, half with astonishment, and half with what seems to be fear.’
    • ‘To his astonishment he discovered he had a brother, a sister and two cousins.’
    • ‘She wrote a couple of short stories and, to her astonishment, was published.’
    • ‘I tried to contain my anger and astonishment, but apparently Isabelle didn't.’
    • ‘She gasped in astonishment, frozen in place by the shock of his words and his actions.’
    • ‘Details of their hefty pay slips have drawn both intense criticism and astonishment from the public.’
    • ‘Each point is conveyed with a sense of astonishment and consternation at the world he depicts.’
    • ‘As Alyssa looked at her she saw with astonishment that the woman was blind.’
    • ‘Walker stared at him in open astonishment, the hairs on the back of his neck rising.’
    • ‘He gave a small bow and then, to Faith's astonishment, he gave her a small smile.’
    • ‘I hope that future generations will look back on this debate with astonishment and shame.’
    • ‘She leaned forward and turned to face him with a look of astonishment on her face.’
    • ‘I wonder if I'll ever get over this sense of astonishment that hits me every now and then.’
    amazement, surprise, shock, stupefaction, bafflement, bewilderment, confusion, perplexity, incredulity, disbelief, dismay, consternation, speechlessness, awe, wonder, wonderment
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Pronunciation

astonishment

/əˈstɒnɪʃmənt/