astonishment astonishment  /ə ˈstɑ nɪʃ mənt/


  • (n) the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising


  1. To his parents' astonishment, Son did not treat the chess set as a plaything.
  2. So picture the astonishment of British and Belgian scientists as they scanned her brain using a kind of MRI that detects blood flow to active parts of the brain.
  3. A cool calculator of effects, a steely perfectionist in execution, he always affected astonishment over adulation.


  1. Yankees' Rivera to close Anaheim chapter of epic career

    ANAHEIM - Earlier this season, a few Angels pitchers were sitting on couches in the clubhouse, reading statistics off a computer screen and shaking their heads in astonishment.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Orange County Register

  2. Dig Into Magic with Shawn McMaster at the Library!

    The Santa Barbara Public Library System presents Shawn McMaster, a spellbinding magician whose shows are laced with humor. No magic words or cheesy-looking props -- instead, magician McMaster offers a high-energy, interactive show filled with astonishment and hilarity for the whole family.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Santa Barbara Independent

  3. Kate Upton's 10 Most Sizzling Style Moments

    Kate Upton (Getty) This week, Kate Upton turned 20 (happy birthday, Kate!), and it was an astonishment to realize that at such a young age she has already developed a strong sense of style. A glamorous sassy bombshell style, to be exact. What's brilliant about Kate's versatile Marilyn Monroe look is she can grace the cover of Vogue or the red carpet at Cannes looking ruthlessly elegant, then ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: StyleBistro


  1. "I think the World Cups are quite full of (surprise) results that people don't expect and which today continue to cause astonishment," he told a news conference.
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Oscar Tabarez Source: Reuters Africa

  2. As a result, "there shouldn't be any cause for astonishment - and there isn't any - in the Democrats' failure to stop the war," bin Laden says.
    on Sep 7, 2007 By: Osama bin Laden Source: Forbes

  3. Steve Squyres of Cornell University in New York state, who leads the rover team, said: "You could hear people gasp in astonishment." "This is a remarkable discovery. And the fact that we found something this new and different after nearly...
    on May 22, 2007 By: Steve Squyres Source: Times Online

Word of the Day
cynic cynic
/ˈsɪ nɪk /