I am pleased to learn that “astonish” does not derive from a word meaning “turn to stone”, but from extonare (Latin), to be thunderstruck.

  • 03.009 Bilbo was astonished.
  • 03.020 “Most astonishing wonderful!”
  • 04.048 in their astonished eyes.
  • 06.014 Gandalf was as astonished as any of them,
  • 08.118 and to the great astonishment of the dwarves he vanished.
  • 08.121 and charged into the astonished spiders
  • 10.018 Their astonishment was enormous
  • 10.037 amid scenes of astonishing enthusiasm.

Harper, Douglas. “Astonish”. Online Etymology Dictionary. Web.

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