What does the word surprise mean?

  • The feeling excited by an unexpected occurrence.

  • The occurrence itself. [ Lat.]

Usage examples for surprise

  1. That Fanny should write nothing which good Mr. Cartwright did not wish known, can be matter of surprise to no one. – The Vicar of Wrexhill by Mrs [Frances] Trollope
  2. " He hadn't much to tell, all the same," said I. Thorndyke looked at me in surprise. – The Mystery of 31 New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
  3. He took her by surprise. – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  4. It did not surprise him in the least. – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  5. Did you hear any cry of surprise? – Monsieur Lecoq by Emile Gaboriau

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