Surprising
Surprise Sur*prise", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surprised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surprising}.] [From {Surprise}, n.: cf. F. surprendre, p. p. surpris.] 1. To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack. [1913 Webster]

Fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. --Isa. xxxiii. 14. [1913 Webster]

The castle of Macduff I will surprise. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Who can speak The mingled passions that surprised his heart? --Thomson. [1913 Webster]

2. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me. [1913 Webster]

I am surprised with an uncouth fear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Up he starts, Discovered and surprised. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to bring (one) into some unexpected state; -- with into; as, to be surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into generosity. [1913 Webster]

4. To hold possession of; to hold. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Not with me, That in my hands surprise the sovereignity. --J. Webster. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Astonish}. [1913 Webster]


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