1. The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise.
2. The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen; emotion excited by what is sudden and strange; a suddenly excited feeling of wonder or astonishment.
Pure surprise and fear
Made me to quit the house. --Shak.
3. Anything that causes such a state or emotion.
4. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents. [Obs.]
Surprise party, a party of persons who assemble by mutual agreement, and without invitation, at the house of a common friend. [U.S.] --Bartlett.
Syn: -- Wonder; astonishment; amazement.
Sur·prise v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surprised p. pr. & vb. n. Surprising.]
1. To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.
Fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. --Isa. xxxiii. 14.
The castle of Macduff I will surprise. --Shak.
Who can speak
The mingled passions that surprised his heart? --Thomson.
2. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me.
I am surprised with an uncouth fear. --Shak.
Up he starts,
Discovered and surprised. --Milton.
3. To lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to bring (one) into some unexpected state; -- with into; as, to be surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into generosity.
4. To hold possession of; to hold. [Obs.]
Not with me,
That in my hands surprise the sovereignity. --J. Webster.
Syn: -- See Astonish.
n 1: the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected
happens to you
2: a sudden unexpected event
3: the act of surprising someone [syn: surprisal]
v 1: cause to be surprised; "The news really surprised me"
2: come upon or take unawares; "She surprised the couple"; "He
surprised an interesting scene"
3: attack by storm; attack suddenly [syn: storm]