surprise


surprise
surprise [sər prīz′, sə prīz′]
vt.
surprised, surprising [ME surprysen < OFr surpris, pp. of sorprendre, to surprise, take napping < sur- (see SUR-1) + prendre, to take (see PRIZE2)]
1. to come upon suddenly or unexpectedly; take unawares
2. to attack or capture suddenly and without warning
3.
a) to cause to feel wonder or astonishment by being unexpected
b) to present (someone) unexpectedly with a gift, etc.
c) to cause by some unexpected action to do or say something unintended [to surprise someone into an admission]
d) to bring out or elicit by such means [to surprise an admission from someone]
n.
1. Now Rare the act of surprising or taking unawares
2. an unexpected seizure or attack
3. the state of being surprised; feeling aroused by something unusual or unexpected; wonder or astonishment
4. something that surprises because unexpected, unusual, etc.
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take by surprise
1. to come upon suddenly or without warning
2. to amaze; astound
surprisedly
adv.
surpriser
n.
SYN.- SURPRISE, in this connection, implies an affecting with wonder because of being unexpected, unusual, etc. [I'm surprised at your concern ]; ASTONISH implies a surprising with something that seems unbelievable [to astonish with sleight of hand ]; AMAZE suggests an astonishing that causes bewilderment or confusion [amazed at the sudden turn of events ]; ASTOUND suggests a shocking astonishment that leaves one helpless to act or think [I was astounded by the proposal ]; FLABBERGAST is a colloquial term suggesting an astounding to the point of speechlessness

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