Definition of astonishment in English:

astonishment

noun

  • Great surprise.

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

/əˈstäniSHmənt/