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Synonyms of 'surprise'

(noun) 
Definition
a sudden or unexpected event, gift, etc.
It is perhaps no surprise to see her attempting a comeback.
Synonyms
shock
The extent of the violence came as a shock.
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jolt
The business needed such a jolt
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bombshell
Her resignation is a political bombshell.
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eye-opener (informal)
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bolt from the blue
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turn-up for the books (informal)
(noun) 
Definition
the feeling of being surprised
To my surprise I am in a room where I see one of my mother's sisters.
Synonyms
amazement
I stared at her in amazement.
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astonishment
`What?' she asked in astonishment.
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wonder
‘How did you know that?’ Bobby exclaimed in wonder.
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disbelief
She looked at him in disbelief.
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incredulity
The announcement has been met with incredulity.
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stupefaction
He stared at her in stupefaction.
(verb) 
Definition
to cause (someone) to feel amazement or wonder
We'll solve the case ourselves and surprise everyone.
Synonyms
amaze
He amazed us with his knowledge of local history.
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astonish
Her dedication astonishes me.
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astound
He used to astound us with feats of physical endurance.
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stun
Many cinema-goers were stunned by the film's violent and tragic end.
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startle
The telephone startled him.
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stagger
The whole thing staggers me.
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disconcert
My lack of response clearly disconcerted him.
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take aback
I was taken aback when a stranger answered the phone.
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bowl over (informal)
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leave open-mouthed
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nonplus
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flabbergast (informal)
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take (someone's) breath away
(verb) 
Definition
to capture or attack (someone) suddenly and without warning
The army surprised their enemy near the village of Blenheim.
Synonyms
catch unawares or off-guard
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catch napping
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catch on the hop (informal)
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burst in on
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spring upon
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catch in the act or red-handed
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come down on like a bolt from the blue

Quotation

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable [Jane AustenEmma]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of astonish
Definition
to surprise greatly
Her dedication astonishes me.
Synonyms
boggle the mind,
flabbergast (informal)
in the sense of astonishment
`What?' she asked in astonishment.
in the sense of astound
Definition
to overwhelm with amazement
He used to astound us with feats of physical endurance.
Synonyms

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