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Surprises and shocking events - synonyms or related words

surprise

noun

an unusual or unexpected event

shock

noun

something that happens unexpectedly and makes you feel very surprised and upset

blow

noun

an event that causes you to feel very sad, disappointed, or shocked

revelation

noun

a surprising and enjoyable experience that makes you realize something that you previously had not known

scandal

noun

a situation that shocks you and makes you angry, especially one that you think someone in authority should change

trauma

noun

a bad experience that makes you feel very upset, afraid, or shocked

affront

noun

something insulting that makes you shocked and angry

a rude awakening

a shock that comes from learning that what you had believed or expected is not true

a first

adverb

something that has never happened before and is therefore important or exciting

surprise

noun

news or information that seems unusual or unexpected

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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