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Definition of Surprise

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 moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. - Ashley Montagu
The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.
Ashley Montagu

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.
Henri Nouwen

It may be no surprise that Pittsburgh has direct flights to London, Paris and Frankfurt, but consider this: many of the tourists here have come from Europe to the capital of culture in the Alleghenies.
Bill Dedman

Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and another hand reaches out to take up our arms.
Che Guevara

I wake up every morning and I surprise myself. I wake up to a new me.
Gina Carano
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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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