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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) To stun, paralyse, astound.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book I, chapter xiiij:
      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.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 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.
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