astonishing

[ uh-ston-i-shing ]SEE DEFINITION OF astonishing

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ASTONISHING

Then with astonishing clearness he saw her hand resting against her breast.

There is one astonishing instance of this towards the end of the drama.

I am all impatience to hear how this astonishing change was effected.

It's astonishing how people forget the vital things, and remember trifles.

It was astonishing how quickly he blushed, how dark red his face became.

The solitude of the scene around is astonishing to English eyes.

He was clever with his pencil, and could seize a likeness with astonishing rapidity.

The report that the great man was dead, got about with astonishing rapidity.

But that is not so astonishing as those servant girls, or our own countrymen, said Johnson.

That's you; well, I declare, it's astonishing how people do meet.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, astonien, from Old French estoner "to stun, daze, deafen, astound," from Vulgar Latin *extonare, from Latin ex- "out" + tonare "to thunder" (see thunder); so, literally "to leave someone thunderstruck." The modern form (influenced by English verbs in -ish, e.g. distinguish, diminish) is attested from c.1530.

Related: Astonished; astonishing; astonishingly.

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