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A feeling of mild astonishment or shock caused by something unexpected
“To everyone's surprise, Eliza would claim she was part of a small tribe of natives.”
(neutral or negative in nature) An unexpected or astonishing event or fact
“Ralph's actions were completely out of character and a complete surprise to those who knew him.”
(positive in nature) An unexpected or astonishing event or fact
“Bobby's brilliant exam results were a great surprise to his family.”
A setup in which hidden attackers lie in wait
“The scoundrels waited under cover of darkness and took the enemy encampment by surprise at dawn.”
To cause amazement
“Finding dozens of gorillas in the jungle would pleasantly surprise the researchers.”
To capture or attack suddenly and unexpectedly
“After infiltrating the building, they would then surprise the occupants, catching them off guard easily.”
Not expected or foreseen
“We decided to throw a surprise birthday party for her.”
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