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  1. simple past and past participle of astound


astounded (comparative more astounded, superlative most astounded)

  1. Surprised, amazed, astonished or bewildered.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book I”, in Paradise Lost. [], London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, →OCLC, lines 279-282:
      [] now they lye
      Groveling and prostrate on yon Lake of Fire,
      As we erewhile, astounded and amaz’d,
      No wonder, fall’n such a pernicious highth.
    • 1774, Thomas Hull, Richard Plantagenet: A Legendary Tale[1], London: J. Bell, page 13:
      [] wrapt in Suspense
      And Fear I stood, yet knew not what I fear’d;
      When straight to my appall’d, astounded Sense
      A Man of noble Port and Mien appear’d.
    • 1844, Edgar Allan Poe, “The Spectacles” in The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, New York: W.J. Widdleton, Volume 2, p. 327,[2]
      Had a thunderbolt fallen at my feet I could not have been more thoroughly astounded []
    • 1969, Margaret Atwood, chapter 19, in The Edible Woman[3], New York: Popular Library, published 1976, page 168:
      The housewife was to take a sip of the real juice, watch the interviewer mix the Instant right before her astounded eyes, and then try the result, impressed, possibly, by its quickness and ease []

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