1. filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock;
- Example: "an amazed audience gave the magician a standing ovation"
- Example: "I stood enthralled, astonished by the vastness and majesty of the cathedral"
- Example: "astounded viewers wept at the pictures from the Oklahoma City bombing"
- Example: "stood in stunned silence"
- Example: "stunned scientists found not one but at least three viruses"
[syn: amazed, astonied, astonished, astounded, stunned]
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, Astound, Astony.] 1. To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Enough, captain; you have astonished him. [Fluellen had struck Pistol]. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The very cramp-fish [i. e., torpedo] . . . being herself not benumbed, is able to astonish others. --Holland. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Musidorus . . . had his wits astonished with sorrow. --Sidney. [1913 Webster] I, Daniel . . . was astonished at the vision. --Dan. viii. 27. [1913 Webster] 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 Amaze. [1913 Webster]