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Definition of surprise:

  1. The act of coming upon unawares; an emotion of the mind excited by something happening suddenly and unexpectedly; astonishment; wonder.
  2. 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.

Synonyms:

ambush, gift, care package, jar, freebie, shake up, phenomenal, ambushment, say, stupefaction, discern, tell, staggering, wonderment, bombshell, a first, spot, hey, strike at, disbelief, wow, oh, pick out, ooh, extraordinary, remarkable, red packet, earth-shattering, unexpected, come at, attack, assail, force, valentine, perplexity, sneak up on, identify, ambuscade, storm, notice, ramp, spring a surprise, discover, set on, mug, assault, blow, present, trap, jaw-dropper, rage, largesse, detect, aah, zinger, amazing, observe, settlement, a rude awakening, Astonish, good/oh Lord, startlement, surprisev, scandal, benefaction, revelation, surprisal, well, astonishing, recognize, a blinding revelation/realization/vision, stunner, surprising, sensational, affront, admiration, fly at, flash mob, confusion, stagger, go for.

Usage examples:

  • It wouldn't surprise me.

    - "The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise", Margaret Burnham.
  • Did it surprise you?

    - "Will Warburton", George Gissing.
  • A look of surprise came into the woman's face.

    - "Notes of an Itinerant Policeman", Josiah Flynt.