• (British) IPA: /əˈstɒnɪʃmənt/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈstɑːnɪʃmənt/


  1. amazement, great surprise
  2. An amazing thing or phenomenon.
    • 1964, Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:
      Everything he had seen so far — the great chocolate river, the waterfall, the huge sucking pipes, the candy meadows, the Oompa-Loompas, the beautiful pink boat, and most of all, Mr. Willy Wonka himself — had been so astonishing that he began to wonder whether there could possibly be any more astonishments left.
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