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synonyms for startled

  • scared
  • shocked
  • spooked
  • stunned
  • surprised
  • alarmed
  • terrified
  • afraid
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How to use startled in a sentence

Astronomers around the world were startled in late 2019 when Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the sky, grew dark for several months.
DUST AND A COLD SPELL ON BETELGEUSE COULD EXPLAIN WHY THE GIANT STAR DIMMEDLISA GROSSMANJUNE 16, 2021SCIENCE NEWS
Many of us have run across the startled tenant or homeowner who doesn’t get the notification about an appointment.
REAL ESTATE’S OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDSVALERIE BLAKEMAY 9, 2021WASHINGTON BLADE
When I reached the waterfall, I was startled to discover that I had the place to myself for a few moments, thanks to the same reservation system that had shut me out for so long.
TO PERMIT OR NOT TO PERMIT?SHAWNTÉ SALABERTAPRIL 15, 2021OUTSIDE ONLINE
It promotes a startled knee-jerk response, potentially alienating people who might have been allies, and it implies an unrealistic snap-of-the- fingers simplicity for those who are willing to fight for change but can’t stomach the long haul.
A CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE, BUT WITH WHOM?TRE JOHNSONAPRIL 2, 2021WASHINGTON POST
A prey species, pheasants try to stick to cover and will run away from threats through that cover unless startled.
HOW NON-NATIVE PHEASANTS PROTECT AMERICAN BIODIVERSITYWES SILERAPRIL 1, 2021OUTSIDE ONLINE
The country was experiencing a shortage of protective equipment, but Thompson was startled that a corporation with tens of thousands of employees working in close quarters and operations in China wasn’t better prepared.
AS COVID-19 RAVAGED THIS IOWA CITY, OFFICIALS DISCOVERED MEATPACKING EXECUTIVES WERE THE ONES IN CHARGEBY MICHAEL GRABELL AND BERNICE YEUNGDECEMBER 21, 2020PROPUBLICA
When children described what went on in school, he was startled.
TWO SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAD DIFFERENT MASK POLICIES. ONLY ONE HAD A TEACHER ON A VENTILATOR.BY ANNIE WALDMAN AND HEATHER VOGELLNOVEMBER 23, 2020PROPUBLICA
So I was startled when I received a text message in May from Shemar’s fourth sibling, who worked at an Amazon warehouse and lived with his girlfriend and baby, asking for the link to the day’s class.
THE STUDENTS LEFT BEHIND BY REMOTE LEARNINGBY ALEC MACGILLISSEPTEMBER 28, 2020PROPUBLICA
At first startled, her second thought was that this would be the best possible thing which could happen.
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The startled operators at Umballa could obtain no further intelligence and the boy was slain at his post.
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