Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

Exam Vocabulary and Synonyms for Surprise

On this page, you will find lists of words to help you expand your vocabulary related to the word ‘hate’. There are nouns, adjectives, verbs, and adverbs, so you will learn how to put stronger sentences together with more sophisticated language. Practicing forming sentences in this way is particularly good if you are preparing for exams, such as IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, SAT, LSAT, Civil Services, and Banking.

Example Sentence Showing Synonyms and Different Word Forms:

I was astonished (adjective) by the amount of people who turned up for the product launch. It amazed (verb) me that we had so much support. My employees were pleasantly (adverb) surprised (adjective), but I think my business partner was more bewildered (adjective) than anything else.

*Note that some words below, like surprised, can be used as both verbs and adjectives. For example:

  • I surprised him - verb

  • I was surprised by him - adjective

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HOW TO USE OUR SYNONYM TABLES:

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

In this column, you will find words that you will come across in everyday English, and which are even suitable for exams like IELTS or TOEFL.

In this column, you will find words that are likely to be asked in more Advanced Exams, such as GRE, MBA, SAT/LSAT, Civil Service, Banks, etc.

*An asterisk means that this word is less popular in everyday English than the other words in the list.

 

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Some Nouns for a Surprise

(e.g. it came as a big shock to everyone; it was a real stunner; it was an unexpected upset)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

shock(er)

upset

stunner

(in) awe (of)

dismay

*jolt

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Some Adjectives to Talk About Being Surprised (or Something Being Surprising)

(e.g. I was shocked; the outcome was astounding; the results were amazing)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

shocked/-ing

nonplussed

stunned/-ing

disconcerted/-ing

unsettled/-ing

floored

awed (by)

astounded/-ing

astonished/-ing

amazed/-ing

startled/-ing

rattled/-ing

overwhelmed/-ing

dumbfounded/-ing

dazzled/-ing

jolted

dazed

staggering

*counfounded/-ing

*flabbergasted

*bewildered

*dismayed

*awestruck

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Some Verbs for Being Surprised

(e.g. it unsettled me; the shock overwhelmed him; she really upset her partner)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

upset (negative)

stupefy

shocked (positive/negative)

perplexed

amazed

unsettled (negative)

dumbfounded

overwhelmed

*dazzled

*awed (by)

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Some Adverbs for Considering Something Surprising

(e.g. the well was disconcertingly deep; it was a staggeringly ridiculous statement; I think he handled the bad news amazingly well)

COMMON USE

ADVANCED EXAMS

surprisingly

disconcertingly (negative)

astoundingly

amazingly

astonishingly

staggeringly

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