Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Bewildered; dazed.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of astony.
  • adj. In shock or confusion; bewildered.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stunned; astonished. See astony.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock

Etymologies

Middle English astonied, past participle of astonien, to amaze; see astonish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 'If a man slayeth himself, he shall not be chanted over, nor shall a mass be said for him, unless he were greatly astonied, that is, to wit, out of his mind' ...

    Yama: the pit

  • Bartolo; he is literally "astonied," and Figaro makes him the victim of several laughable pranks before he recovers his wits.

    A Book of Operas Their Histories, Their Plots, and Their Music

  • The stony or "astonied" appearance of these figures is a resonant emblematic image of the fact that they are not life but art.

    Dialogic Text

  • When morning dawned, he anointed his feet with the herb-juice and descending to the water, set out and fared on over the surface of the seas days and nights, astonied at the terrors of the main and the marvels and wonders of the deep, till he came to an island as it were the Garden of Eden.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • She resumed, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that when the Caliph Harun al-Rashid asked Nur al-Din of his adventure and was told of all that had passed, first and last, he was astonied with extreme astonishment and exclaimed, “How manifold are the sufferings that men suffer!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Nur al-Din proceeded to relate to the Commander of the Faithful all his past, first and last; whereat the Caliph was astonied with extreme astonishment and diverted and exclaimed, “How manifold are the sufferings that men suffer!” —

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Thirdly, in hearing every man apart, one may examine, when there is need, the truth or probability of his reasons, and of the grounds of the advice he gives, by frequent interruptions and objections; which cannot be done in an assembly, where in every difficult question a man is rather astonied and dazzled with the variety of discourse upon it, than informed of the course he ought to take.

    Leviathan

  • They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • That they may want bread and water, and be astonied one with another, and consume away for their iniquity.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

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  • "And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonied. Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonied until the evening sacrifice." – Ezra, Ch. 9, vv. 3–4 (KJV)

    December 4, 2007