astonishment

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Astonishment, lithograph by Thomas Fairland after W. H. Hunt, c. 1870s

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Etymology[edit]

From astonish +‎ -ment.

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Noun[edit]

astonishment (countable and uncountable, plural astonishments)

  1. amazement, great surprise
  2. An amazing thing or phenomenon.
    • 1964: Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
      Everything he had seen so far--the great chocolate river, the waterfall, the huge sucking pipes, the candy meadows, the Oompa-Loompas, the beautiful pink boat, and most of all, Mr. Willy Wonka himself--had been so astonishing that he began to wonder whether there could possibly be anymore astonishments left.

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