thunderstruck


thunderstruck

adjective

  1. overcome with consternation; confounded; astounded: He was thunderstruck by the news of his promotion.
  2. Archaic. struck by a thunderbolt.

verb (used with object), thun·der·struck [thuhn-der-struhk] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrʌk/, thun·der·struck or thun·der·strick·en [thuhn-der-strik-uh n] /ˈθʌn dərˌstrɪk ən/, thun·der·strik·ing.

  1. Archaic. to strike with a thunderbolt.
  2. to astonish; dumfound.

adjective

  1. completely taken aback; amazed or shocked
  2. rare struck by lightning

adj.1610s, from thunder (n.) + past tense of strike. Originally figurative; the literal sense always has been rare.

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