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STUNNING

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stunning mean? 

STUNNING (adjective)
  The adjective STUNNING has 4 senses:

1. commanding attention
2. causing great astonishment and consternation
3. causing or capable of causing bewilderment or shock or insensibility
4. strikingly beautiful or attractive

  Familiarity information: STUNNING used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


STUNNING (adjective)


Sense 1stunning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Commanding attention

Synonyms:

arresting; stunning; sensational

Context examples:

an arresting drawing of people turning into animals / a sensational concert--one never to be forgotten / a stunning performance

Similar:

impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)


Sense 2stunning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing great astonishment and consternation

Context examples:

the strike came as a stunning protest against management / a stunning defeat

Similar:

surprising (causing surprise or wonder or amazement)


Sense 3stunning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Causing or capable of causing bewilderment or shock or insensibility

Context examples:

laid the poor fellow senseless with one stunning blow / a stunning detonation with volumes of black smoke

Similar:

disorienting (causing loss of physical or intellectual bearings)


Sense 4stunning [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strikingly beautiful or attractive

Context examples:

quite stunning with large dark eyes and a beautiful high-bosomed figure / stunning photographs of Canada's wilderness areas

Similar:

beautiful (delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration)


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