Definition of astonishment in English:

astonishment

noun

mass noun
  • Great surprise.

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

astonishment

/əˈstɒnɪʃmənt/