Astonished
Astonish 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.] [1913 Webster]

Enough, captain; you have astonished him. [Fluellen had struck Pistol]. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The very cramp-fish [i. e., torpedo] . . . being herself not benumbed, is able to astonish others. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Musidorus . . . had his wits astonished with sorrow. --Sidney. [1913 Webster]

I, Daniel . . . was astonished at the vision. --Dan. viii. 27. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]


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