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Synonyms for surprise
sərˈpraɪz, sə-sur·prise

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Wiktionary4.0 / 2 votes

  1. surprisenoun

    To undergo or witness something unexpected.

    He doesn't surprise easily.

    Synonyms:
    astonishment

  2. surpriseverb

    To cause surprise.

    Synonyms:
    unexpected

English Synonyms and Antonyms4.6 / 5 votes

  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 Antonyms3.3 / 12 votes

  1. surprise

    Synonyms:
    startle, astonish, alarm, amaze, confuse

    Antonyms:
    prepare, premonish, forewarn

Princeton's WordNet2.3 / 4 votes

  1. surprisenoun

    the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you

    Synonyms:
    surprisal

  2. surprisenoun

    a sudden unexpected event

    Synonyms:
    surprisal

  3. surprise, surprisalverb

    the act of surprising someone

    Synonyms:
    surprisal

  4. surpriseverb

    cause to be surprised

    "The news really surprised me"

    Synonyms:
    storm

  5. surpriseverb

    come upon or take unawares

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

    Synonyms:
    storm

  6. storm, surpriseverb

    attack by storm; attack suddenly

    Synonyms:
    rage, force, ramp, storm

Editors Contribution3.0 / 1 vote

  1. lawks

    Submitted by anonymous on December 20, 2020  
  2. unexpected gift

    an unexpected gift

    the surprise was a brand new phone

    Submitted by allisonmariegraham27 on April 9, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes3.5 / 2 votes

  1. surprisenoun

    Synonyms:
    wonder, astonishment, amazement, admiration

  2. surpriseverb

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

  3. surpriseverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words2.3 / 3 votes

  1. surprisenoun

    Synonyms:
    amazement, astonishment

  2. surpriseverb

    Synonyms:
    amaze, astonish, astound

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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How to use surprise in a sentence?

  1. Alan Gayle:

    The minutes of the FOMC meeting took the market by surprise, and there’s what I’d call a moderate adjustment going on, the ripple effects from a quicker-than-expected rate hike from the Fed would be felt across most asset classes.

  2. Neal Katyal:

    Judge Howell's comprehensive opinion denying the challenge to the special counsel regulation is no surprise. Republicans and Democrats alike for two decades have said the same -- the argument to the contrary is well out of the constitutional mainstream, president Trump can try other arguments in the months to come, but this one is going nowhere.

  3. Bill Shuster:

    This is an ongoing process, and we will continue working to educate members and address questions they have about the bill. The need for an extension was not a surprise.

  4. Sebastian Lopez:

    It's a way to share our music with people in a very casual environment and kind of surprise them as they're going about their daily lives.

  5. Swizz Beatz:

    To stay in the darkness is very easy, let's do a couple of things that we know is going to make us smile. Call a loved one, check on somebody, surprise somebody, call somebody just to joke around, make yourself come up out of this darkness because the darkness is only what you make it.


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
  • حیرتUrdu
  • ewaermint, sbarmintWalloon

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