1. [syn: amaze, astonish, astound]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Astonish \As*ton"ish\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Astonished; p. pr.
& vb. n. Astonishing.] [OE. astonien, astunian, astonen,
OF. estoner, F. ['e]tonner, fr. L. ex out + tonare to
thunder, but perhaps influenced by E. stun. See Thunder,
1. To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow. [Obs.]
Enough, captain; you have astonished him. [Fluellen
had struck Pistol]. --Shak.
The very cramp-fish [i. e., torpedo] . . . being
herself not benumbed, is able to astonish others.
2. To strike with sudden fear, terror, or wonder; to amaze;
to surprise greatly, as with something unaccountable; to
confound with some sudden emotion or passion.
Musidorus . . . had his wits astonished with sorrow.
I, Daniel . . . was astonished at the vision. --Dan.
Syn: To amaze; astound; overwhelm; surprise.
Usage: Astonished, Surprised. We are surprised at what is
unexpected. We are astonished at what is above or
beyond our comprehension. We are taken by surprise. We
are struck with astonishment. --C. J. Smith. See
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: affect with wonder; "Your ability to speak six languages
amazes me!" [syn: amaze, astonish, astound]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
48 Moby Thesaurus words for "astonish":
affright, alarm, amaze, ambush, astound, awe, awestrike, bedaze,
bedazzle, bewilder, boggle, bowl down, bowl over, bushwhack,
catch off-guard, catch unawares, come from behind,
come upon unexpectedly, confound, daze, dazzle, do the unexpected,
drop in on, dumbfound, dumbfounder, flabbergast, floor, overwhelm,
paralyze, perplex, petrify, pounce upon, pull up short, shock,
spring a surprise, spring upon, stagger, startle, strike dead,
strike dumb, strike with wonder, stun, stupefy, surprise,
take by surprise, take short, take unawares, terrify