surprise


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Synonyms for surprise

amaze

catch unawares or off-guard

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Synonyms for surprise

to come upon, especially suddenly or unexpectedly

to attack suddenly and without warning

to impress strongly by what is unexpected or unusual

Synonyms for surprise

the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you

the act of surprising someone

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come upon or take unawares

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attack by storm

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After a short silence which succeeded the first surprise and enquiries of meeting, Marianne asked Edward if he came directly from London.
Aglaya was the only one of the family whose good graces he could not gain, and who always spoke to him haughtily, but it so happened that the boy one day succeeded in giving the proud maiden a surprise.
Now to his surprise he found that he no longer felt either doubt or perplexity about these questions.
On the other hand, this, as destroying the element of surprise, would have made his strategy of no avail, so that the whole question is beset with difficulties.
But, my children, there came a morning when Pinocchio awoke and found a great surprise awaiting him, a surprise which made him feel very unhappy, as you shall see.
This care for domestic details in Kitty, so opposed to Levin's ideal of exalted happiness, was at first one of the disappointments; and this sweet care of her household, the aim of which he did not understand, but could not help loving, was one of the new happy surprises.
It was remarkable, too, that whenever they happened to stand where there was any press of people, and Hugh chanced to be looking downward, he was sure to see an arm stretched out--under his own perhaps, or perhaps across him--which thrust some paper into the hand or pocket of a bystander, and was so suddenly withdrawn that it was impossible to tell from whom it came; nor could he see in any face, on glancing quickly round, the least confusion or surprise.
He recalled Old Beatson in the past - that merry and affectionate lad - and their joint adventures and mishaps, the window they had broken with a catapult in India Place, the escalade of the castle rock, and many another inestimable bond of friendship; and his hurt surprise grew deeper.
No surprise of strangeness could equal the surprise of that complete familiarity.
Self-perpetuation of dynamic pattern, spontaneous novelty, and surprise are intrinsic and characteristic of many complex systems.
Winning two in one year was a bit of a surprise to True Steel Security general manager John Whitehead, but he is no stranger to the podium when it comes to Security Pro awards.
A "predictable surprise," of course, is an oxymoron, but it makes for a catchy title--and in the case of this book, an interesting and nicely conceived rumination on how leaders in business and government might do a better job of avoiding calamities that they should at least have had a good inkling of.
Indeed, what tortures the protagonists in his films is the surprise, or at least the beginning of a chain of surprises.
But Mama states that the best surprise will be even better than the marching band, the fire engines, or the candy that is tossed to the crowd.
Peck tells the story by peeling off layers, saving the best surprise for the end, which I won't give away here.