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Definition of Surprise


  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.
  3. Anything that causes such a state or emotion.
  4. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents.
  5. To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.
  6. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me.
  7. 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.
  8. To hold possession of; to hold.

Surprise Quotations

The secret to humor is surprise.

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
George S. Patton

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.
Robert Frost

The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
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Surprise Translations

surprise in Afrikaans is verrassing
surprise in Danish is overraskelse, overraske
surprise in Dutch is betrappen, verrassen, snappen
surprise in Italian is sorprendere, sorprendere
surprise in Latin is admiratio
surprise in Norwegian is overraske
surprise in Portuguese is surpresa
surprise in Spanish is sorpresa, sorprender

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