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Meaning of ASTONISH

Pronunciation:  u'stânish

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  affect with wonder; "Your ability to speak six languages amazes me!"

ASTONISH is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: amaze, astound
 See Also: dazzle, surprise



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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.

         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

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