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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: astone 'to astonish' (14-17 centuries) (from Old French estoner, from Vulgar Latin extonare, from Latin tonare 'to thunder') + -ish (as in abolish)

astonish

verb
     
as‧ton‧ish [transitive]
to surprise someone very much [= amaze]:
Her reply astonished me.
It astonished him that she had changed so little.
What astonishes me most is his complete lack of fear.

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