"astonied", adj., 1721

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Oct 9 15:20:07 UTC 2012

"And because the World has many times been amus'd and impos'd upon by
Prophecies and Predictions in times past, and very lately in
particular, by a famous Prophecy ... Viz. ... That a great Man shall
rise from the Dead in 1723. That Africa shall be burnt in 1725. That
all the World shall be astonied in 1726, that the General Judgment of
Quick and Dead shall be in 1727 ..."

New-England Courant, 1721 Sept. 25, 1/1.

I have to let the experts decide which sense of "astonied" this
is!  Except that I don't believe it is as lenient as 3, "dismayed",
or 4, "greatly surprised".  :-)

(New to me.)


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