from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Great surprise or amazement.
- n. A cause of amazement; a marvel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. amazement, great surprise
- n. An amazing thing or phenomenon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition of one who is stunned. Hence: Numbness; loss of sensation; stupor; loss of sense.
- n. Dismay; consternation.
- n. The overpowering emotion excited when something unaccountable, wonderful, or dreadful is presented to the mind; an intense degree of surprise; amazement.
- n. The object causing such an emotion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being astonished. The state of being stunned or benumbed.
- n. Confusion of mind from sudden fear or other emotion; consternation.
- n. Passion; excitement; frenzy.
- n. Great surprise or wonder; amazement.
- n. A cause or matter of consternation.
- n. Synonyms Amazement, admiration, awe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising
The Romans used the verb _stupeo_, a term which strongly marks the state of an astonished mind, to express the effect either of simple fear, or of astonishment; the word _attonitus_ (thunderstruck) is equally expressive of the alliance of these ideas; and do not the French _étonnement_, and the English _astonishment_ and _amazement_, point out as clearly the kindred emotions which attend fear and wonder?
Why does this not seem to bother our actual children? and Captain Huggy Face made it a good week by dancing out the word "astonishment."
People - and by no means professional philosophers only - often have experiences which they describe as astonishment at the fact of existence, awe in the face of 'Nothingness', apprehension of the unreality of the world or the feeling that whatever is impermanent must be accounted for by what is indestructible.
Mizander shook his head in astonishment and as Duke walked over to him to embrace him one last time, I saw the sun coming up over the horizon.
Sorta like watching (in astonishment, I confess, even tho anticipated) the contrast of Obama not hesitating at all in implementing his goals.
Gary Gensler's colleagues at Treasury looked at their TV screens in astonishment, Robert recalls: What the hell is Gary doing on TV?
I had to laugh, as the ladies who checked me out looked at me in astonishment (!) and asked, not once, but three times, "Are you sure you want ALL of these patterns?!"
The boss took two steps back and asked in astonishment, "You sold all that to a guy who came in for a fish hook?"
He was looking at her in astonishment, and she was bravely meeting his eyes.
Everyone gasped, the zygites in astonishment, the thalamites in dismay.