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.] [1913 Webster]

A coldness and astonishment in his loins, as folk say. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

2. Dismay; consternation. [Archaic] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. The overpowering emotion excited when something unaccountable, wonderful, or dreadful is presented to the mind; an intense degree of surprise; amazement. [1913 Webster]

Lest the place And my quaint habits breed astonishment. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. The object causing such an emotion. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt become an astonishment. --Deut. xxviii. 37. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Amazement; wonder; surprise. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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