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Shock or greatly surprise:‘her bluntness astounded him’
amaze, astonish, stagger, surprise, startle, stun, confound, dumbfound, stupefy, daze, nonplusthrow, shake, unnerve, disconcert, discompose, bewildertake someone's breath away, take by surprise, take aback, shake up, stop someone in their tracks, strike dumb, leave open-mouthed, leave aghast, catch off balanceflabbergast, floor, knock for six, knock someone sideways, knock out, knock the stuffing out of, bowl over, blow someone's mind, blow awayView synonyms
- ‘It always astounds me how much she does around here.’
- ‘Some of them work enormously hard and, to be honest, how some can cope with full-time jobs and doing what they do astounds me.’
- ‘It still astounds me to see the damage that can be done to kids.’
- ‘Firefighters were called to the scene at 9.15 am and were astounded that the building had not gone up in flames.’
- ‘It wouldn't be stretching the truth too much to say I was astounded.’
- ‘They astound the audience with their skill and technique in throwing the device around and manoeuvring it on the string.’
- ‘What really astounds me is that our law enforcement agency shows so little respect for the law.’
- ‘My son is not yet four, so the fact that he was able to process such things astounds me.’
- ‘Her capacity for stupidity has surprised her in the past, but now it astounds her.’
- ‘The subsequent response and quality of the entries astounded the organisers.’
- ‘At times, the generosity of people astounds me.’
- ‘I was astounded that people actually felt comfortable about printing stuff like that in public.’
- ‘The success of the tour genuinely astounds him.’
- ‘She astounds us all - we just look at her in absolute amazement.’
- ‘You know, I'm constantly astounded by how unprepared some people are for publicity.’
- ‘Sources last night said Sir Ronnie and his senior officers were left astounded, and angry, by the break-in.’
- ‘What astounds me is not how much we love our country but the lack of bold admissions from others that they love their countries.’
- ‘Their influence over governments astounds me.’
- ‘The stupidity of this government and its inability to manage this country effectively and fairly astounds me.’
- ‘It still astounds me that anyone ever remembers that as a good moment for Democrats.’
- ‘They wonder why the project doesn't work and it astounds me that they have to wonder that.’
Middle English (as an adjective in the sense ‘stunned’): from astoned, past participle of obsolete astone (see astonish).
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