To impress strongly by what is unexpected or unusual:amaze, astonish, awe, startle, surprise. Idioms: catch (or take) unawares, take aback. See surprise Roget's II The New Thesaurus Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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