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Definitions of surprise

  1. attack by storm; attack suddenly
  2. the act of surprising someone
  3. take unawares; " She surprised the couple"; " He surprised an interesting scene"
  4. a sudden unexpected event
  5. the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you
  6. take unawares or by surprise; cause to be surprised; " The news really surprised me"
  7. cause to be surprised; " The news really surprised me"
  8. come upon or take unawares; " She surprised the couple"; " He surprised an interesting scene"
  9. The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise.
  10. The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen; emotion excited by what is sudden and strange; a suddenly excited feeling of wonder or astonishment.
  11. Anything that causes such a state or emotion.
  12. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents.
  13. To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.
  14. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me.
  15. To lead ( one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to bring ( one) into some unexpected state; -- with into; as, to be surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into generosity.
  16. To hold possession of; to hold.
  17. The act of coming upon or attacking unexpectedly; state of being taken unawares; a feeling excited by what is sudden and strange; wonder; astonishment; a sudden or unexpected event or fact.
  18. To take unawares; to attack without notice; as, to surprise the enemy; to strike with wonder by something sudden or unexpected; astonish; to lead to do something suddenly and unexpectedly: with into; as, to surprise a thief into admitting his guilt.
  19. Act of taking unawares: the emotion caused by anything sudden: amazement.
  20. To come upon suddenly or unawares: to strike with wonder or astonishment: to confuse.
  21. To strike with astonishment; take unawares at a disadvantage.
  22. The act of surprizing, or the state of being surprized; a sudden and unexpected event.
  23. The act of surprising; the state of being surprised; an emotion excited by something happening suddenly and unexpectedly.
  24. To come upon or take suddenly or unawares; to strike with wonder or astonishment by something sudden, unexpected, or unusual; to throw the mind into disorder by something sudden.
  25. To take unawares; to come upon one suddenly; to strike with wonder; to throw the mind into confusion by presenting something suddenly to the view or the mind.
  26. The act of coming upon unawares; an emotion of the mind excited by something happening suddenly and unexpectedly; astonishment; wonder.
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Quotes of surprise

  1. Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. – Joseph Addison
  2. The secret to humor is surprise – Aristotle
  3. While the wealthiest families completely benefit from the tax cuts targeted towards the upper brackets, middle -income families were hit with the unwelcome surprise of higher taxes on tax day. – Tim Bishop
  4. To my surprise my 70s are nicer than my 60s and my 60s than my 50s, and I wouldn't wish my teens and 20s on my enemies. – Lionel Blue
  5. I have the 'thing' worked out- the trick or the surprise or the pivotal fact. Then I just start somewhere and let the story work itself out. – Lee Child
  6. Generally my typical books have lots of twists and turns a big surprise ending and then usually another surprise at the end and ideally, as in Garden of Beasts, we get to the very end and we find at the last few pages that there's yet another surprise – Jeffery Deaver
  7. I saw a story in the Los Angeles Times that 40 percent of the viewers are men. It didn't really surprise me. – James Denton
  8. I find out more about Jack every week. Essentially, I'm the same character, but I'm having more fun this season because I'm doing more aliases, you know. I like the surprise of not knowing. – Victor Garber
  9. The pleasure we derive from doing favors is partly in the feeling it gives us that we are not altogether worthless. It is a pleasant surprise to ourselves. – Eric Hoffer
  10. Scratch an artist and you surprise a child. – James Huneker
  11. I'm awkward at these things. Just being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Karate Kid was a real surprise and I was a little uncomfortable. – Pat Morita
  12. People don't think their dreams amount to much, but when I ask them to examine them for common themes, they surprise themselves at how accurate they are! They see that their dreams have value. – Henry Reed
  13. Shortly thereafter, some friends encouraged me to try out for the Miss South Carolina World beauty pageant. To my surprise I won- and was sent to New York City to compete nationally. – Donna Rice
  14. Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise – Wallace Stevens
  15. Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. – Alan Turing

Usage examples for surprise

  1. It would be a surprise for her. – The Everlasting Whisper by Jackson Gregory
  2. Fred asked in surprise – Down the Slope by James Otis
  3. You surprise me, my boy ... – The Return of Peter Grimm by David Belasco Edited by Montrose J. Moses
  4. Phil looked up in surprise – Phil the Fiddler by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  5. Then we will go up to the house and I will be there to surprise her when she comes. – Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  6. There was the same surprise next morning. – Fated to Be Free by Jean Ingelow
  7. My visit was to be a surprise to them. – Eunice by Margaret Murray Robertson
  8. Charlotte glanced at her in surprise – The Locusts' Years by Mary Helen Fee
  9. Mr. Mitchel's reply to this was even more of a surprise than what he had said before. – An Artist in Crime by Rodrigues Ottolengui
  10. It was a great surprise for both of them. – The Luckiest Girl in the School by Angela Brazil
  11. This came on me, as I saw it did on you all, as a surprise – Bardell v. Pickwick by Percy Fitzgerald
  12. " Oh," murmured the visitor in surprise – Penny Nichols and the Knob Hill Mystery by Joan Clark
  13. Let it be a surprise to her. – Amarilly of Clothes-line Alley by Belle K. Maniates
  14. But really it is too bad to take one so by surprise – One Maid's Mischief by George Manville Fenn
  15. The old gentleman looked at me in some surprise – A Queen's Error by Henry Curties
  16. " Then I'll surprise him," said Spot. – The Tale of Old Dog Spot by Arthur Scott Bailey
  17. He's come to give us a surprise – The Limit by Ada Leverson
  18. Mark looked at him in surprise – The Altar Steps by Compton MacKenzie
  19. " Because I wanted to surprise you," he replied. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  20. He had a surprise for her this morning. – Four Girls and a Compact by Annie Hamilton Donnell

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