astonish


astonish
Synonyms and related words:
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

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  • 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}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • astonish — index confound, confuse (bewilder), overcome (overwhelm), overwhelm Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • astonish — c.1300, astonien, from O.Fr. estoner to stun, daze, deafen, astound, from V.L. *extonare, from L. ex out + tonare to thunder (see THUNDER (Cf. thunder)); so, lit. to leave someone thunderstruck. The modern form (influenced by English verbs in ish …   Etymology dictionary

  • astonish — *surprise, astound, amaze, flabbergast Analogous words: nonplus, dumbfound, bewilder, confound (see PUZZLE): impress, strike, touch, *affect …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • astonish — [v] surprise amaze, astound, bewilder, blow away*, blow one’s mind*, boggle, bowl over*, confound, daze, dumbfound, flabbergast, floor*, knock over*, overwhelm, put one away*, shock, spring on, stagger, startle, stun, stupefy, take aback, throw a …   New thesaurus

  • astonish — ► VERB ▪ surprise or impress greatly. DERIVATIVES astonished adjective astonishing adjective astonishment noun. ORIGIN Old French estoner «stun, stupefy», from Latin tonare to thunder …   English terms dictionary

  • astonish — [ə stän′ish] vt. [altered < ME astonien < OFr estoner < VL * extonare (for L attonare) < ex , intens. + tonare, to THUNDER] to fill with sudden wonder or great surprise; amaze SYN. SURPRISE astonishing adj. astonishingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • astonish */ — UK [əˈstɒnɪʃ] / US [əˈstɑnɪʃ] verb [transitive] Word forms astonish : present tense I/you/we/they astonish he/she/it astonishes present participle astonishing past tense astonished past participle astonished to surprise someone very much Beth… …   English dictionary

  • astonish — See amaze. See amaze, astonish, surprise …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • astonish — v. 1) to astonishgreatly, very much 2) (R) it astonished me to learn that he was here; it astonished us that they were able to survive * * * [ə stɒnɪʃ] it astonished us that they were able to survive very much (R) it astonished me to learn that… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • astonish — as|ton|ish [əˈstɔnıʃ US əˈsta: ] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: astone to astonish (14 17 centuries) (from Old French estoner, from Vulgar Latin extonare, from Latin tonare to thunder ) + ish (as in abolish)] to surprise someone very much =… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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