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Meaning of ASTONISHMENT

Pronunciation:  u'stânishmunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising; "he looked at me in astonishment"
 

ASTONISHMENT is a 12 letter word that starts with A.

 

 Synonyms: amazement
 
 See Also: admiration, feeling, stupefaction, surprise, wonder, wonderment

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\As*ton"ish*ment\, n. [Cf. OF. estonnement, F.
['e]tonnement.]
1. The condition of one who is stunned. Hence: Numbness; loss
   of sensation; stupor; loss of sense. [Obs.]

         A coldness and astonishment in his loins, as folk
         say.                                  --Holland.

2. Dismay; consternation. [Archaic] --Spenser.

3. The overpowering emotion excited when something
   unaccountable, wonderful, or dreadful is presented to the
   mind; an intense degree of surprise; amazement.

         Lest the place And my quaint habits breed
         astonishment.                         --Milton.

4. The object causing such an emotion.

         Thou shalt become an astonishment.    --Deut.
                                               xxviii. 37.

Syn: Amazement; wonder; surprise.

 

 

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