- The condition of one who is stunned. Hence: Numbness; loss of sensation; stupor; loss of sense.(Obs)"A coldness and astonishment in his loins, as folk say." [Holland.]
- Dismay; consternation.(Archaic)
- The overpowering emotion excited when something unaccountable, wonderful, or dreadful is presented to the mind; an intense degree of surprise; amazement."Lest the place And my quaint habits breed astonishment." [Milton.]
- The object causing such an emotion."Thou shalt become an astonishment." [Deut. xxviii. 37.]synonyms: Amazement; wonder; surprise.
Etymology: Cf. OF. estonnement, F. étonnement