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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Astonishment  \As*ton"ish*ment\,  n.  [Cf.  OF  estonnement  F. 
  ['e]tonnement.] 
  1.  The  condition  of  one  who  is  stunned.  Hence:  Numbness;  loss 
  of  sensation;  stupor;  loss  of  sense  [Obs.] 
 
  A  coldness  and  astonishment  in  his  loins,  as  folk 
  say  --Holland. 
 
  2.  Dismay;  consternation.  [Archaic]  --Spenser. 
 
  3.  The  overpowering  emotion  excited  when  something 
  unaccountable,  wonderful,  or  dreadful  is  presented  to  the 
  mind;  an  intense  degree  of  surprise;  amazement. 
 
  Lest  the  place  And  my  quaint  habits  breed 
  astonishment.  --Milton. 
 
  4.  The  object  causing  such  an  emotion. 
 
  Thou  shalt  become  an  astonishment.  --Deut. 
  xxviii.  37. 
 
  Syn:  Amazement;  wonder;  surprise. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  astonishment 
  n  :  the  feeling  that  accompanies  something  extremely  surprising; 
  "he  looked  at  me  in  astonishment"  [syn:  {amazement}] 




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