noun Date: 1591 the action of surprising ; the state of being surprised

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  • surprisal — sur•pris•al [[t]sərˈpraɪ zəl[/t]] n. 1) the act of surprising 2) the state of being surprised 3) a surprise • Etymology: 1585–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • surprisal — /səˈpraɪzəl/ (say suh pruyzuhl) noun 1. the act of surprising. 2. the state of being surprised. 3. a surprise. {surpris(e) + al2} …   Australian English dictionary

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