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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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.] 
 
  Enough,  captain;  you  have  astonished  him  [Fluellen 
  had  struck  Pistol].  --Shak. 
 
  The  very  cramp-fish  [i.  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. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  astonished 
  adj  :  filled  with  the  emotional  impact  of  overwhelming  surprise  or 
  shock;  "an  amazed  audience  gave  the  magician  a  standing 
  ovation";  "I  stood  enthralled,  astonished  by  the 
  vastness  and  majesty  of  the  cathedral";  "astounded 
  viewers  wept  at  the  pictures  from  the  Oklahoma  City 
  bombing";  "stood  in  stunned  silence";  "stunned 
  scientists  found  not  one  but  at  least  three  viruses" 
  [syn:  {amazed},  {astonied},  {astounded},  {stunned}] 




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