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Another word for surprise

  1. To come upon, especially suddenly or unexpectedly

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  2. To attack suddenly and without warning

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  3. To impress strongly by what is unexpected or unusual

Another word for surprise


    take by surprise

Synonym Study

  • Flabbergast is a colloquial term suggesting an astounding to the point of speechlessness
  • Astound suggests such a shocking surprise that one is left helpless to act or think I was astounded by the proposal
  • Amaze suggests an astonishing that causes bewilderment or confusion amazed at the sudden turn of events
  • Astonish implies a surprising with something that seems unbelievable to astonish with sleight of hand
  • Surprise implies an affecting with wonder because of being unexpected, unusual, etc. I'm surprised at your concern