Definition of astonishment in English:



  • Great surprise.

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