Surprise

Definition of Surprise

Sur`prise´
n.1.The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise.
2.The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen; emotion excited by what is sudden and strange; a suddenly excited feeling of wonder or astonishment.
Pure surprise and fear
Made me to quit the house.
- Shak.
3.Anything that causes such a state or emotion.
4.A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents.
Surprise party
a party of persons who assemble by mutual agreement, and without invitation, at the house of a common friend.
- Bartlett.
v. t.1.To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.
[imp. & p. p. Surprised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Surprising.]
Fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.
- Isa. xxxiii. 14.
The castle of Macduff I will surprise.
- Shak.
Who can speak
The mingled passions that surprised his heart?
- Thomson.
2.To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me.
I am surprised with an uncouth fear.
- Shak.
Up he starts,
Discovered and surprised.
- Milton.
3.To lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to bring (one) into some unexpected state; - with into; as, to be surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into generosity.
4.To hold possession of; to hold.
Not with me,
That in my hands surprise the sovereignity.
- J. Webster.

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