AskDefine | Define astonishment

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astonishment n : the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising; "he looked at me in astonishment" [syn: amazement]

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From verb astonish + suffix of state -ment



  1. amazement, great surprise
  2. An amazing thing or phenomenon.
    • 1964: Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
      Everything he had seen so far--the great chocolate river, the waterfall, the huge sucking pipes, the candy meadows, the Oompa-Loompas, the beautiful pink boat, and most of all, Mr. Willy Wonka himself--had been so astonishing that he began to wonder whether there could possibly be anymore astonishments left.

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