Definition of astonishment in US English:

astonishment

noun

  • Great surprise.

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

astonishment

/əˈstäniSHmənt//əˈstɑnɪʃmənt/