Definitions for: Surprise


[n] the act of surprising someone
[n] a sudden unexpected event
[n] the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you
[v] take unawares or by surprise; cause to be surprised; "The news really surprised me"
[v] attack by storm; attack suddenly
[v] take unawares; "She surprised the couple"; "He surprised an interesting scene"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sur*prise", n. [F. surprise, fr. surprendre, surpris;
sur over + prendre to take, L. prehendere. See Sur-, and
Prehensile.]
1. The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of
seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by
surprise.

2. 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.

Pure surprise and fear Made me to quit the house.
--Shak.

3. Anything that causes such a state or emotion.

4. A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no
other contents. [Obs.] --King.

Surprise party, a party of persons who assemble by mutual
agreement, and without invitation, at the house of a
common friend. [U.S.] --Bartlett.

Syn: Wonder; astonishment; amazement.


Sur*prise", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Surprised; p. pr. &
vb. n. Surprising.] [From Surprise, n.: cf. F.
surprendre, p. p. surpris.]
1. To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take
unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.

Fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. --Isa.
xxxiii. 14.

The castle of Macduff I will surprise. --Shak.

Who can speak The mingled passions that surprised
his heart? --Thomson.

2. To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by
something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound;
as, his conduct surprised me.

I am surprised with an uncouth fear. --Shak.

Up he starts, Discovered and surprised. --Milton.

3. 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.

4. To hold possession of; to hold. [Obs.]

Not with me, That in my hands surprise the
sovereignity. --J. Webster.

Syn: See Astonish.

Synonyms: storm, surprisal

See Also: act, alteration, amaze, amazement, assail, astonish, astonishment, astound, attack, ball over, blow, blow out of the water, boggle, bombshell, bowl over, catch, change, coup de theatre, disruption, eye opener, flabbergast, floor, modification, move, perturbation, shock, shock, stun, stunner, take aback, thunderbolt, thunderclap

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