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 Dictionary entry overview: What does astonishing mean? 

ASTONISHING (adjective)
  The adjective ASTONISHING has 2 senses:

1. surprising greatly
2. so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm

  Familiarity information: ASTONISHING used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ASTONISHING (adjective)

Sense 1astonishing [BACK TO TOP]


Surprising greatly


amazing; astonishing

Context examples:

she does an amazing amount of work / the dog was capable of astonishing tricks


surprising (causing surprise or wonder or amazement)

Sense 2astonishing [BACK TO TOP]


So surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm


staggering; stupefying; astonishing; astounding

Context examples:

such an enormous response was astonishing / an astounding achievement / the amount of money required was staggering / suffered a staggering defeat / the figure inside the boucle dress was stupefying


impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)

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