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From Middle English astonien, astunien, equivalent to a- +‎ stun. See also astone, astonish.



astony (third-person singular simple present astonies, present participle astonying, simple past and past participle astonied)

  1. (archaic, transitive) To stun, paralyse, astound.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “xiiij”, in Le Morte Darthur, book I:
      thenne Brastias sawe his felawe ferd so with al / he smote the duke with a spere that hors & man fell doune / that sawe kyng Claryaunce and retorned vnto Brastias / and eyther smote other soo that hors & man wente to the erthe / and so they lay long astonyed / & their hors knees brast to the hard bone
    • 1526, Bible, tr. William Tyndale, Matthew VI:
      And it cam to passe, that when Jesus had ended these saynges, the peple were astonnied at his doctryne.
    • , Folio Society, 2006, p.10:
      Verily the violence of a griefe, being extreme, must needs astonie the mind, and hinder the liberty of her actions.
    • 1611, King James Version, Job 17:*:
      Upright men shall be astonied at this []
    • 1838, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Seraphim, and Other Poems, "Bereavement":
      When some Beloveds, 'neath whose eye
      The sweet lids lay lights of my childhood, one by one
      Did leave me dark before the natural sun,
      And I astonied fell and could not pray []