Definition of astonishment in English:

astonishment

noun

mass noun
  • Great surprise.

    ‘she looked at him in astonishment’
    • ‘Each point is conveyed with a sense of astonishment and consternation at the world he depicts.’
    • ‘Friends and colleagues expressed astonishment last night as the news broke.’
    • ‘The look on his face as he saw Missy at the door was both of astonishment and embarrassment.’
    • ‘I tried to contain my anger and astonishment, but apparently Isabelle didn't.’
    • ‘I hope that future generations will look back on this debate with astonishment and shame.’
    • ‘They paused with the same look of embarrassment and astonishment on their faces.’
    • ‘He gave a small bow and then, to Faith's astonishment, he gave her a small smile.’
    • ‘I wonder if I'll ever get over this sense of astonishment that hits me every now and then.’
    • ‘To my great astonishment, he proceeded to ask me out - right there, in front of my parents!’
    • ‘His widow yesterday told of her astonishment at discovering her husband's debts after his death.’
    • ‘To his astonishment he discovered he had a brother, a sister and two cousins.’
    • ‘To Peter's astonishment a familiar figure was wading ashore, a red and white lifebelt about his waist.’
    • ‘To my astonishment, the moment we start talking, we hit it off instantly.’
    • ‘She wrote a couple of short stories and, to her astonishment, was published.’
    • ‘To the township's astonishment, their team hammered one visiting club after another.’
    • ‘Details of their hefty pay slips have drawn both intense criticism and astonishment from the public.’
    • ‘It's used as an expression of pleased astonishment, or at least it was when I was a boy.’
    • ‘She gasped in astonishment, frozen in place by the shock of his words and his actions.’
    • ‘He looks at me strangely, half with astonishment, and half with what seems to be fear.’
    • ‘As Alyssa looked at her she saw with astonishment that the woman was blind.’
    • ‘She leaned forward and turned to face him with a look of astonishment on her face.’
    • ‘Walker stared at him in open astonishment, the hairs on the back of his neck rising.’
    amazement, surprise, shock, stupefaction, bafflement, bewilderment, confusion, perplexity, incredulity, disbelief, dismay, consternation, speechlessness, awe, wonder, wonderment
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Pronunciation

astonishment

/əˈstɒnɪʃmənt/