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Surprise, subst. a state of being overpowered; extreme confusion and perplexity caused by something extraordinary: “the guiltiness of my mind, the sudden s. of my powers, drove the grossness of the foppery into a received belief,” Wiv. V, 5, 131. “the very principals did seem to rend, and all to topple; pure s. and fear made me to quit the house,” Per. III, 2, 17.
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