Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SURPRISES

Nothing that comes to this remarkable woman ever surprises her.

The surprises of the night were not yet over for Big Brother Bill.

All the babies sing to the flowers, but it is Chellalu who gives them surprises.

The commonplace talk is to them unknown; it is full of surprises.

Christmas was a happy day at the white house by the shore, a day of surprises.

Life is a series of surprises, and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not.

One of the effects of it was that he had for you surprises of tolerance as well as of temper.

What surprises me is that the English people are led away by a mere talker.

So it came about that a number of people met with surprises this same morning.

Just so—and little you know of Ireland if that surprises you.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "unexpected attack or capture," from Middle French surprise "a taking unawares," from noun use of past participle of Old French surprendre "to overtake," from sur- "over" (see sur-) + prendre "to take," from Latin prendere, contracted from prehendere "to grasp, seize" (see prehensile). Meaning "something unexpected" first recorded 1590s, that of "feeling caused by something unexpected" is c.1600. Meaning "fancy dish" is attested from 1708.

Surprise party originally was a military detachment (1841); festive sense is attested from 1858.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.