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Surprises and shocking events - thesaurus

Synonyms

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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a blinding revelation/realization/vision

a situation in which you suddenly realize something very clearly

a bolt from/out of the blue

something that surprises you very much because you were not expecting it to happen

affair

noun

something that happens, especially something shocking, in public or political life

a kick up the backside

something that shocks people and makes them decide to try harder

a turn-up for the books

British a surprising event

awakening

noun

the moment when you first realize or experience something

black swan

noun

an event that is extremely rare and unexpected but has very significant consequences

bombshell

noun

informal an event or piece of news that is unexpected and shocking

conversation stopper

noun

informal something surprising or shocking that you say that makes everyone stop talking and unable to think what to say next

eye-opener

noun

a situation that shows you something surprising that you did not know before

grey swan

noun

British an event which is possible and known about, and potentially extremely significant, but considered to be unlikely to happen

incident

noun

something that happens, especially a violent, criminal, or dangerous event

indecency

noun

the offensive or shocking nature of something

the joker in the pack

someone who may suddenly do something unexpected that changes a situation

jolt

noun

a shock

manna from heaven

something that you need or want very much and that you get unexpectedly

reveal

noun

the act of revealing something or the thing that is revealed, especially in a story, film etc

revelation

noun

a surprising piece of information

scandal

noun

a situation in which important people behave in a dishonest or immoral way that shocks people

shocker

noun

informal something shocking

thunderbolt

noun

informal something very surprising or shocking, especially a piece of news

travesty

noun

a situation, action, or event that shocks you because it is very different from what it should be or because it seems very unfair

whirlwind

noun

something that happens very quickly and unexpectedly, so that the people involved have little control of what happens and how they feel

zinger

noun

mainly Americaninformal a surprise, or a shock

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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