surprising

[ ser-prahy-zing, suh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF surprising

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SURPRISING

But he could not help looking back to wonder at the surprising likeness.

There seemed to be no reserve with this surprising young person.

Under the circumstances, it is surprising how much of plainness women have preserved.

My chief pleasure in life, professor, is the surprising of you.

We use modern methods on Indian material and the results are most surprising.

Is it surprising that the public is clamoring for the complete elimination of the breweries?

Nighttime in the tropics descends with a surprising rapidity.

What a surprising display of the perfections of the blessed God!

This was not surprising, for the den was only half a mile away.

Talking of his pistols, he's the most surprising shot I ever saw.

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.

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