Definition of astonishment in English:

astonishment

noun

mass noun
  • Great surprise.

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

astonishment

/əˈstɒnɪʃmənt/