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[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"


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Misc. Definitions

\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. 1
4. 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}.

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