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To be shocked or surprised - thesaurus

Synonyms

be taken aback

to be shocked or surprised, especially by something that someone says or does to you

marvel

verb

to show or feel surprise or admiration

start

verb

to move suddenly because you are afraid or surprised by something

wonder

verb

to admire someone or something and feel surprised by how beautiful or unusual they are

shudder at

to be shocked by something

reel

verb

to feel very shocked, upset, or confused

boggle

verb

to be so surprised or shocked that you are unable to believe something

do a double take

to react after a slight pause, because you are surprised by what you have just seen or heard

catch your breath

to stop breathing suddenly for a short time because you are surprised or impressed

not know what hit you

to feel extremely shocked or surprised

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be riveted to the spot

to be so frightened or surprised that you cannot move

exclaim

verb

to say something suddenly and loudly, especially because you are surprised, impressed, angry etc

gasp

verb

mainly literary to breathe in suddenly, for example because you are surprised, shocked, or in pain

gulp

verb

to make a noise as you swallow air because you are surprised, excited, or afraid

jump

verb

to get a shock and suddenly move your body slightly because of this. If you jump out of your skin, you get a very big 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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Dunning-Kruger effect

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

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