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synonyms for by surprise

  • suddenly
  • unawares
  • aback
  • forthwith
  • sudden
  • unanticipatedly
  • unaware
  • unexpectedly
  • without delay
  • without hesitation
  • without warning
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How to use by surprise in a sentence

I was busy loading the piece when an exclamation of surprise from one of the men made me look up.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
A flash of surprise and pleasure lit the fine eyes of the haughty beauty perched up there on the palace wall.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
All along the highways and by-paths of our literature we encounter much that pertains to this "queen of plants."
TOBACCO; ITS HISTORY, VARIETIES, CULTURE, MANUFACTURE AND COMMERCEE. R. BILLINGS.
Great was the surprise of Alf at the honour and labour thus thrust upon him, but he did not shrink from it.
THE GIANT OF THE NORTHR.M. BALLANTYNE
John was baptizing at a large pool called Ænon-by-Saleim,—probably allegorical, meaning “Fountain of Repose.”
SOLOMON AND SOLOMONIC LITERATUREMONCURE DANIEL CONWAY
Vague murmurs of doubt and surprise reached the ears of two of the British magistrates.
THE RED YEARLOUIS TRACY
The sewing-machine made a resounding clatter in the room; it was of a ponderous, by-gone make.
THE AWAKENING AND SELECTED SHORT STORIESKATE CHOPIN
To Harry's surprise, the soldier detailed to go with him proved to be a boy, not much older than himself.
THE COURIER OF THE OZARKSBYRON A. DUNN
It was no surprise since he had been threatened with such for many months, he regarded it therefore as unavoidable.
THE HOMESTEADEROSCAR MICHEAUX
"No; his coming has taken me by surprise," replied Hartledon, with a nervousness he could not wholly conceal.
ELSTER'S FOLLYMRS. HENRY WOOD
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO BY SURPRISE

  • aback
  • by surprise
  • forthwith
  • sudden
  • suddenly
  • unanticipatedly
  • unaware
  • unawares
  • unexpectedly
  • without delay
  • without hesitation
  • without warning
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.