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Affected with sudden astonishment or amazement.


(ˈθʌndəˌstrʌk) or


1. completely taken aback; amazed or shocked
2. rare struck by lightning


(ˈθʌn dərˌstrʌk)

also thun•der•strick•en

(-ˌstrɪk ən)

1. astonished; dumbfounded.
2. Archaic. struck by a thunderbolt.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.thunderstruck - as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise; "a circle of policement stood dumbfounded by her denial of having seen the accident"; "the flabbergasted aldermen were speechless"; "was thunderstruck by the news of his promotion"
surprised - taken unawares or suddenly and feeling wonder or astonishment; "surprised by her student's ingenuity"; "surprised that he remembered my name"; "a surprised expression"


adjective amazed, astonished, astounded, floored (informal), shocked, stunned, staggered, paralysed, dazed, taken aback, petrified, aghast, bowled over (informal), open-mouthed, gobsmacked (Brit. slang), dumbfounded, flabbergasted (informal), nonplussed, flummoxed, rooted to the spot, struck dumb, left speechless, knocked for six (informal) I was thunderstruck - it was like magic!


[ˈθʌndəstrʌk] ADJ (fig) → atónito, pasmado, estupefacto
he was thunderstruck by what he discoveredlo que descubrió lo dejó atónito or pasmado or estupefacto


[ˈθʌndərstrʌk] adj (= astonished) → abasourdi(e)


[ˈθʌndəˌstrʌk] adj (fig) → sbigottito/a
References in classic literature ?
He was thunderstruck, and turning to the vizir said: "What sayest thou?
The other guards stood thunderstruck and amazed at this unexpected event, but recovering presence of mind, those on horseback seized their swords, and those on foot their javelins, and attacked Don Quixote, who was waiting for them with great calmness; and no doubt it would have gone badly with him if the galley slaves, seeing the chance before them of liberating themselves, had not effected it by contriving to break the chain on which they were strung.
The broken fragments of pipe fell from the Admiral's fingers; he seemed by his countenance to have lived too long in a world unworthy of him; but it is an odd circumstance, he attempted no reply, and sat thunderstruck, with open mouth.
I was thunderstruck, for such a thing as a patient getting of his own accord into the Superintendent's study is almost unknown.
MY DEAREST MAKAR ALEXIEVITCH,--Your latest conduct and letters had frightened me, and left me thunderstruck and plunged in doubt, until what you have said about Thedor explained the situation.
I felt thunderstruck that she should so express herself, that she should assert such a right over me, that she should assume such authority and say outright: "Either you kill whom I bid you, or I will have nothing more to do with you.
The force of his words had not found its way into her mind; she was merely thunderstruck.
While she was talking like this she had lighted the gas and with the last words she glided through the bedroom door leaving me thunderstruck at the unexpected character of her thoughts.
All were staring at him thunderstruck and still, except Father Brown, who heaved a huge sigh as of relief and fingered the little phial in his pocket.
Gringoire fell backwards, quite thunderstruck with joy.
Even D'Arnot was thunderstruck, for it seemed impossible that the man could have so quickly dispatched a lion with the pitiful weapons he had taken, or that alone he could have borne the huge carcass through the tangled jungle.
We went off on the hot scent to Wilkin's together, you know; but I must first observe that the general was even more thunderstruck than I myself this morning, when I awoke him after discovering the theft; so much so that his very face changed--he grew red and then pale, and at length flew into a paroxysm of such noble wrath that I assure you I was quite surprised