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Astonishment Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    astonishment n : the feeling that accompanies something extremely surprising; "he looked at me in astonishment" [syn: amazement]
Astonishment Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Astonishment \As*ton"ish*ment\, n. [Cf. OF. estonnement, F. ['e]tonnement.]
  1. The condition of one who is stunned. Hence: Numbness; loss of sensation; stupor; loss of sense. [Obs.] A coldness and astonishment in his loins, as folk say. --Holland.
  2. Dismay; consternation. [Archaic] --Spenser.
  3. The overpowering emotion excited when something unaccountable, wonderful, or dreadful is presented to the mind; an intense degree of surprise; amazement. Lest the place And my quaint habits breed astonishment. --Milton.
  4. The object causing such an emotion. Thou shalt become an astonishment. --Deut. xxviii. 37. Syn: Amazement; wonder; surprise.

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* We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again. - Shana Alexander

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  • Utah's canyon country is like another world
    Staring in bewildered astonishment is common in Utah canyon country. Not because you're lost, but because what you see strongly suggests that last bend in the trail somehow transported you to Mars. Read more on this news related to 'Astonishment'
  • Turkish foreign ministry expresses 'astonishment' over Athens reaction [Update]
    Ankara has sought to play down recent comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Cyprus that sparked a strong reaction from Greece's foreign ministry, according to reports Friday. Read more on this news related to 'Astonishment'
  • Woodland Park Zoo: Bigger exhibit would not help elephants
    I read with astonishment the letter from Doug Parker of Lynnwood [“Woodland Park Zoo elephants: Provide a bigger area,” Northwest Voices, Aug. 29] suggesting that the elephant problem at Woodland Park Zoo could be solved by “providing a considerably larger habitat” for them t Read more on this news related to 'Astonishment'

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