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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Astonishing \As*ton"ish*ing\, adjective Very wonderful; of a nature to excite astonishment; as, an astonishing event.

Syn: Amazing; surprising; wonderful; marvelous. {As*ton"ish*ing*ly}, adverb -- {As*ton"ish*ing*ness}, noun

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Astonish \As*ton"ish\, verb (used with an object) [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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

astonishing

adjective

1: surprising greatly; "she does an amazing amount of work"; "the dog was capable of astonishing tricks" [syn: {amazing}, {astonishing}]

2: so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm; "such an enormous response was astonishing"; "an astounding achievement"; "the amount of money required was staggering"; "suffered a staggering defeat"; "the figure inside the boucle dress was stupefying" [syn: {astonishing}, {astounding}, {staggering}, {stupefying}]


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