What does astonishment mean?

astonishment meaning in General Dictionary

the health of one who is stunned For this reason Numbness reduced feeling stupor lack of good sense

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  • the experience that accompanies anything extremely astonishing
  • the healthiness of one who is stunned. Ergo: Numbness; losing feeling; stupor; losing good sense.
  • Dismay; consternation.
  • The overpowering emotion excited when some thing unaccountable, wonderful, or dreadful is presented towards head; an intense degree of shock; amazement.
  • The object causing such an emotion.

astonishment meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1590s; see astonish + -ment. Previously it suggested "paralysis" (1570s).


astonishment meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) The condition of one that is stunned. Therefore: Numbness; reduced sensation; stupor; loss of sense.

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  • (letter.) Dismay; consternation.
  • (letter.) The overpowering emotion excited when some thing unaccountable, wonderful, or dreadful is presented towards the brain; a rigorous amount of surprise; amazement.
  • (letter.) The thing causing these types of an emotion.

Sentence Examples with the word astonishment

Still the idle fairies did not notice what was happening, for they were down on the grass, and the wonderful shower of treasure was a long time in reaching them; but at last they plainly heard the tinkling of many drops falling like rain through the forest, and sliding from leaf to leaf until they reached the little bushes by their side, when to their astonishment they discovered that the rain-drops were melted rubies which hardened on the leaves, and turned them to crimson and gold in a moment.

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