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Astonish

Astonish
1. To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow. Enough, captain; you have astonished him. had struck Pistol (Shak) The very cramp-fish E, torpedo . . . Being herself not benumbed, is able to astonish others. (Holland)
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. (Sidney) I, Daniel . . . Was astonished at the vision. (dan. Viii. 27)
Synonym: to amaze, astound, overwhelm, surprise.
Astonished, Surprised. We are 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. See Amaze.
Origin: oe. Astonien, astunian, astonen, OF. Estoner, f. Etonner, fr. L. Ex out – tonare to thunder, but perhaps influenced by E. Stun. See thunder, Astound, Astony.


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