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mild (esp. BrE)

an air of mild astonishment

blank (esp. BrE)

a look of blank astonishment


She simply could not hide her astonishment.

in astonishment

She gazed at him in astonishment.

to sb's astonishment

Then, to my great astonishment, he started to cry.

with astonishment

Everyone gasped with astonishment.

astonishment at

He expressed astonishment at the results.

a gasp of astonishment, a look of astonishment

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • astonishment — index bombshell, phenomenon (unusual occurrence), surprise Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • astonishment — [ə stän′ishmənt] n. 1. the state of being astonished; great amazement 2. anything that astonishes …   English World dictionary

  • astonishment — n. 1) to express astonishment 2) astonishment at (he could not conceal his astonishment at seeing them together) 3) astonishment that + clause (they expressed astonishment that I won the election) 4) in astonishment (they gaped in astonishment)… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • astonishment — a|ston|ish|ment [ ə stanıʃmənt ] noun uncount * very great surprise: A look of astonishment crossed his face. Some executives expressed astonishment that they could no longer travel first class. in astonishment: Are you really leaving? asked… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • astonishment */ — UK [əˈstɒnɪʃmənt] / US [əˈstɑnɪʃmənt] noun [uncountable] very great surprise A look of astonishment crossed his face. Some ministers expressed astonishment that they could no longer travel first class. in astonishment: Are you really leaving?… …   English dictionary

  • astonishment — as|ton|ish|ment [əˈstɔnıʃmənt US əˈsta: ] n [U] complete surprise = ↑amazement in astonishment ▪ She stared at him in astonishment. to sb s astonishment ▪ To my astonishment, the car was gone …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • astonishment — noun (U) complete surprise: in astonishment: She stared at him in astonishment. | to your astonishment: To my astonishment, the keys were in the door …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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