What is the opposite of surprise?

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Noun
Opposite of a feeling of mild astonishment or shock caused by something unexpected
“I looked around my car for a jacket to keep up the illusion of being normal, and much to my unsurprise, there was no jacket to be had.”
Noun
(neutral or negative in nature) Opposite of an unexpected or astonishing event or fact
“He had come to accept his fate with bitter resignation, and a secret thrill.”
Noun
(positive in nature) Opposite of an unexpected, yet pleasant, event or fact
“Her sisters had all succeeded, with no causalities and the expectation of success weighed heavily on her mind.”
Noun
Opposite of an attack launched from a concealed position
“The infantry moved so slowly and with such predictability, that the defending archers were able to drive them back.”
Noun
Opposite of in a state of amazement or great surprise
Noun
Opposite of a newly occurring incident in a current state of affair
“Our reporters have reached a standstill in their reporting due to authorities blocking their access to the site.”
Noun
Opposite of a sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience
“Having stated, much to my consolation, that he missed me, he ended this brief letter by asking how my mother was doing.”
Noun
Opposite of respect and warm approval
Noun
Opposite of a feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful, remarkable, or unfamiliar
“I watched with detached disinterest as Sean and Amber presented themselves to the audience and received their medallions from the organizers.”
Noun
Opposite of a shock
Noun
Opposite of a feeling of being perplexed and confused
“The budget document makes this clear to anyone who understands what is going on, and it does so with refreshing clarity.”
Noun
Opposite of the state or quality of being confused or puzzled
Noun
Opposite of inability or refusal to accept that something is true or real
Noun
Opposite of an unfortunate shock or disappointment
“In what is a further boon for the company, metallurgical test work from the exploration program has verified that the sand can be beneficiated to glass-making quality.”
Noun
Opposite of an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure
“Early dinners are a routine for us and normally consist of a protein with roast vegetables.”
Noun
Opposite of the quality of being new, original, or unusual
Noun
Opposite of the state of being unhappy, disappointed, or anxious
“She could not contain her joy as she was crowned the winner of the beauty pageant.”
Verb
Opposite of to cause amazement
“Do not worry if you do not create legions of young meditators, but do worry if you bore them.”
Verb
Opposite of to capture or attack suddenly and unexpectedly
“I will diffuse the bomb and release the hostages!”
Verb
Opposite of to confuse or confound with something surprising or shocking
“Perhaps someone out there could enlighten me with regard to the following situation that my 17-year-old son finds himself in.”
Verb
Opposite of to astonish, astound, surprise or perplex
Verb
Opposite of to offend the moral feelings of
“He did so and was received by Ferenc Erdei, who asked him to go out on the balcony of the Parliament to appease the crowd.”
Verb
Opposite of to be hiding, waiting to ambush or attack someone
Verb
Opposite of to surprise (someone) with something unexpected
“I am sorry that I do not know what the final outcome was in that case, but it would not surprise me one bit if the injustice were allowed to continue.”
Verb
(of a feeling) Opposite of to affect (someone) suddenly and powerfully
Verb
Opposite of to chance upon someone doing something unexpected (and usually underhanded)
“The authorities were surprised that she was willing to overlook such blatant criminal activity.”
Adjective
Opposite of not expected or foreseen
“While some unexpected things have shaken my comfort level, it was the expected arrival of our newborn that brought the most anxiety.”
Adjective
Opposite of acting or done surreptitiously, unofficially, or without warning
Adjective
Opposite of unknown
Adjective
Opposite of not announced beforehand
Adjective
Opposite of deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected
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