1. To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow. "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)
Synonyms: To amaze, astound, overwhelm, surprise.
Origin: OE. Astonien, astunian, astonen, OF. Estoner, F. Etonner, fr. L. Ex out + tonare to thunder, but perhaps influenced by E. Stun. See Thunder, Astound, Astony.
(01 Mar 1998)
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