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Synonyms for surprise
sərˈpraɪz, sə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surprise(noun)

    the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you

    Synonyms:
    surprisal

  2. surprise(noun)

    a sudden unexpected event

    Synonyms:
    surprisal

  3. surprise, surprisal(verb)

    the act of surprising someone

    Synonyms:
    surprisal

  4. surprise(verb)

    cause to be surprised

    "The news really surprised me"

    Synonyms:
    storm

  5. surprise(verb)

    come upon or take unawares

    "She surprised the couple"; "He surprised an interesting scene"

    Synonyms:
    storm

  6. storm, surprise(verb)

    attack by storm; attack suddenly

    Synonyms:
    rage, force, ramp, storm

Wiktionary

  1. surprise(noun)

    To undergo or witness something unexpected.

    He doesn't surprise easily.

    Synonyms:
    astonishment

  2. surprise(verb)

    To cause surprise.

    Synonyms:
    unexpected

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. surprise

    Amazement and astonishment both express the momentary overwhelming of the mind by that which is beyond expectation. Astonishment especially affects the emotions, amazement the intellect. Awe is the yielding of the mind to something supremely grand in character or formidable in power, and ranges from apprehension or dread to reverent worship. Admiration includes delight and regard. Surprise lies midway between astonishment and amazement, and usually respects matters of lighter consequence or such as are less startling in character. Amazement may be either pleasing or painful, as when induced by the grandeur of the mountains, or by the fury of the storm. We can say pleased surprise, but scarcely pleased astonishment. Amazement has in it something of confusion or bewilderment; but confusion and bewilderment may occur without amazement, as when a multitude of details require instant attention. Astonishment may be without bewilderment or confusion. Wonder is often pleasing, and may be continuous in view of that which surpasses our comprehension; as, the magnitude, order, and beauty of the heavens fill us with increasing wonder. Compare PERPLEXITY.

    Synonyms:
    admiration, amazement, astonishment, awe, bewilderment, confusion, perplexity, wonder

    Antonyms:
    anticipation, calmness, composure, coolness, expectation, indifference, preparation, self-possession, steadiness, stoicism

    Preposition:
    I was filled with amazement at such reckless daring.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. surprise

    Synonyms:
    startle, astonish, alarm, amaze, confuse

    Antonyms:
    prepare, premonish, forewarn

Editors Contribution

  1. unexpected gift

    an unexpected gift

    the surprise was a brand new phone

    Submitted by allisonmariegraham27 on April 9, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. surprise(n.)

    Synonyms:
    wonder, astonishment, amazement, admiration

  2. surprise(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    take unawares, take by surprise, take off one's guard

  3. surprise(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    astonish, amaze, startle, strike with wonder, take aback

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. surprise(n)

    Synonyms:
    amazement, astonishment

  2. surprise(v)

    Synonyms:
    amaze, astonish, astound

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How to use surprise in a sentence?

  1. Mahabharata:

    Death comes, and makes a man his prey, A man whose powers are yet unspent; Like one on gathering flowers intent, Whose thoughts are turned another way. Begin betimes to practise good, Lest fate surprise thee unawares Amid thy round of schemes and cares; To-morrow?s task to-day conclude.*

  2. Ambassador Danon:

    Peter Anthony Gallo, an international lawyer and former investigator for the UNs own watchdog, the OIOS, told Fox News that Peter Anthony Gallo was not surprised by the allegations. [ They ] do not surprise me in the slightest ; there is nothing unusual in them and they could just as easily have come from any one of a number of Organizations in the UN system because they reflect the management culture of disregard for the staff, disregard for the rules and a general air of entitlement and impunity, he said. Gallo who himself was a whistleblower at the U.N. and now director of, Hear their Cries, a group that reports on sexual abuse and exploitation around the world and at the UN. The problem is that U.N. agencies control their own investigative functions and deal with disciplinary matters internally. The result is that instead of being a means of addressing misconduct and wrongdoing, the internal justice system is more of a tool for intimidating any staff members who dare to report misconduct by senior staff, such as by Krahenbuhl and his cronies. Following reports that both Switzerland and the Netherlands suspended their funding to UNRWA, Israels United Nations Ambassador Danny Danon called upon all of the international to suspend funding. The report reveals alarming, but not surprising, findings. In addition to propagating false information about its refugee population, UNRWA has in recent years worked to redirect world funds to continue this corruption industry that has served its leadership. The international community, which generously finances UNRWA, must immediately suspend the budgets assigned to the agency. Ambassador Danon said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP The aid money should be gradually transferred to the UNHCR( UN High Commissioner for Refugees), instead of helping the UNRWA leadership continue engaging in a series of ethical offenses.

  3. Katherine Codekas:

    I said no, we're not going, and they very sincerely wished us luck, but there was a little look of surprise on their face.

  4. Martin King:

    The BOJ's announcement to expand easing came as no surprise. (BOJ Governor Haruhiko) Kuroda has been under tremendous pressure from the Abe administration to roll out further stimulus alongside Abe's 28 trillion yen fiscal package earlier this week, a seemingly invincible yen continues to undermine the efficacy of Abe's measures and decisive action at the BOJ is timely.

  5. Alan Cameron:

    (President Muhammadu) Buhari is on a wide-ranging anti-corruption drive and no one has been spared from it. So it's not a huge surprise, and the extent to which people have been negative on these banks for plenty of other reasons, including the oil price - it's already reflected in the valuations you see.


Translations for surprise

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  • دهشة, فاجأ, دَهْشة, باغت, مُفاجَأَة, دهشArabic
  • sorpresa, sorprendreCatalan, Valencian
  • překvapení, překvapitCzech
  • overraskelse, overraskeDanish
  • Überraschung, überraschenGerman
  • έκπληξη, αιφνιδιάζω, ξάφνιασμα, εκπλήσσω, [[κάνω]] [[έκπληξη]], ξαφνικός, ξαφνιάζω, αιφνίδιοςGreek
  • surprizo, surpriziEsperanto
  • sorpresa, sorprenderSpanish
  • تعجب ساختن, تعجب, سورپریزPersian
  • yllättää, yllätys, hämmästys, hämmästyttääFinnish
  • surprendre, étonner, surpriseFrench
  • ionadhIrish
  • iongnadhScottish Gaelic
  • sorpresa, sorprenderGalician
  • הפתעהHebrew
  • meglepetés, meglep, váratlan, meglepetésszerű, ámulat, megdöbbenésHungarian
  • անակնկալ, անակնկալի բերել, զարմանք, զարմացնելArmenian
  • surprizarIdo
  • sorprendere, meravigliare, sorpresa, stupireItalian
  • הַפתָעָהHebrew
  • 驚き, 驚かすJapanese
  • 놀라게 하다, 놀람Korean
  • IwwerraschungLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • ninihi, komutuMāori
  • kejutan, mengejutMalay
  • overraskelseNorwegian
  • verrassing, verrassen, verbazing, verbazenDutch
  • overraskingNorwegian Nynorsk
  • overraskning, overraskelse, overraske, overraskelses-Norwegian
  • zaskakiwać, niespodzianka, dziwićPolish
  • surpreender, surpresaPortuguese
  • surpriză, surprinde, surprindereRomanian
  • неожиданность, сюрприз, удивлять, удивить, удивлениеRussian
  • изненађењеSerbo-Croatian
  • presenečenje, presenetitiSlovene
  • förvåning, överraskning, överraskaSwedish
  • ఆశ్చర్యపరచుTelugu
  • sürpriz yapmak, şaşırtmak, sürprizTurkish
  • ewaermint, sbarmintWalloon

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