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Noun
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.”
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(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.”
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(positive in nature) An unexpected, yet pleasant, event or fact
“Bobby's brilliant exam results were a great surprise to his family.”
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An attack launched from a concealed position
“They took the camp by surprise and conducted a night-raid against the army.”
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A newly occurring incident in a current state of affair
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A sudden alarming shock
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Respect and warm approval
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The characteristic of being innovative
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An unexpected turn of events, typically in a story
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A feeling of being perplexed and confused
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Concern and distress caused by something unexpected
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Inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real
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A widespread reaction of outrage or outrage
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An event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure
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Revelation
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Random event
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A remarkable person, object or idea
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A very unusual and unexpected event or situation
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Verb
To cause amazement
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“Finding dozens of gorillas in the jungle would pleasantly surprise the researchers.”
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To capture or attack suddenly and unexpectedly
“After infiltrating the building, they would then surprise the occupants, catching them off guard easily.”
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To be hiding, waiting to ambush or attack someone
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To ambush
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(of a feeling) To affect (someone) suddenly and powerfully
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To chance upon someone doing something unexpected (and usually underhanded)
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Adjective
Not expected or foreseen
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“We decided to throw a surprise birthday party for her.”
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Surprising or shocking in nature
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Acting or done surreptitiously, unofficially, or without warning
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Unknown
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Three-dimensional
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Deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected
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