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Definition of Astonishment

Astonishment

  1. The condition of one who is stunned. Hence: Numbness; loss of sensation; stupor; loss of sense.
  2. Dismay; consternation.
  3. The overpowering emotion excited when something unaccountable, wonderful, or dreadful is presented to the mind; an intense degree of surprise; amazement.
  4. The object causing such an emotion.

Astonishment Quotations

Anthropology demands the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess.
Margaret Mead

I honestly felt no envy or resentment, only astonishment at how much of a world there was out there and how much of it others already knew. The agenda for self-cultivation that had been set for my classmates by their teachers and parents was something I'd have to develop for myself.
Sonia Sotomayor

Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.
Eugene Ionesco

Astonishment is the root of philosophy.
Paul Tillich

There's nothing better than discovering, to your own astonishment, what you're meant to do. It's like falling in love.
Mike Nichols
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Astonishment Translations

astonishment in Italian is stupore
astonishment in Latin is admiratio
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