Definition of astonishment in English:

astonishment

noun

mass noun
  • Great surprise.

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

astonishment

/əˈstɒnɪʃmənt/