Surprising

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Definition

surprising: amazing, extraordinary, remarkable, unexpected
adjective
I find it surprising that they didn't come tonight. We all expected them to come.
What is even more surprising is that he didn't even say hello. It's astonishing, don't you think?

surprisingly: amazingly, extraordinarily, remarkably, unexpectedly
adverb
This sofa is surprisingly cheap. I expected it to be a lot more expensive.
Susie is surprisingly hard-working. It's amazing how hard she works these days.
Surprisingly enough, Philip didn't try to eat all the cake at this year's Christmas party. Everyone was amazed as he usually does it.

to surprise: to amaze, to astonish, to shock, to startle
verb

Examples

  • "In a surprising move, the US government announced this morning that Christmas day, normally scheduled for 25th of December, will be delayed for one week until the 31st."
  • "Philip : Surprisingly, no."
  • "It's just that I've noticed a surprising trend: TigerLily isn't being bought by Rebecca."
  • "Thank you, BrianBot, your metallic hands are surprisingly tender."
  • "Although real medicine is also surprisingly effective."
  • "Two months ago, Horatio and I were cruelly imprisoned in the abhorrent, but surprisingly spacious kitchen of a 4-star restaurant."
  • "I'm not sure what's more surprising, the fact that you're having trouble doing your job, or that you're offering to pay for dinner!"
  • "Voiceover : Meanwhile Mitch has some surprising news of his own."
  • "In a surprising announcement yesterday, a spokesman for the tiny island nation of Zirconda expressed the country's desire to join the European Union as a member country sometime in 2015."

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