As·ton·ish v. t. [imp. & p. p. Astonished p. pr. & vb. n. Astonishing.]
1. To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow. [Obs.]
Enough, captain; you have astonished him. [Fluellen had struck Pistol]. --Shak.
The very cramp-fish [=\i. e., torpedo] . . . being herself not benumbed, is able to astonish others.\= --Holland.
2. To strike with sudden fear, terror, or wonder; to amaze; to surprise greatly, as with something unaccountable; to confound with some sudden emotion or passion.
Musidorus . . . had his wits astonished with sorrow. --Sidney.
I, Daniel . . . was astonished at the vision. --Dan. viii. 27.
Syn: -- To amaze; astound; overwhelm; surprise.
Usage: -- Astonished, Surprised. We are surprised at what is unexpected. We are astonished at what is above or beyond our comprehension. We are taken by surprise. We are struck with astonishment. --C. J. Smith. See Amaze.
adj : filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or
shock; "an amazed audience gave the magician a standing
ovation"; "I stood enthralled, astonished by the
vastness and majesty of the cathedral"; "astounded
viewers wept at the pictures from the Oklahoma City
bombing"; "stood in stunned silence"; "stunned
scientists found not one but at least three viruses"
[syn: amazed, astonied, astounded, stunned]