I was astonished by the lurid headlines.

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EnglishBug

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Chinese
I saw some lurid headlines about the sex lives of some stars, and I felt shocked. I knew people do kinky stuff, so I was shocked because it was new to me. In fact, it is more like being surprised by hearing a kid cursing his/her parents in their face: the difining element is boldness or outrage, not novelty. I'm wondering if "astonish" is the right word for this situation:

"I was astonished by the lurid headlines about the sex lives of some stars."
"I was astonished when I heard the kid cursed his father in his face."
 
  • Billf

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    English UK
    Astonished can mean very surprised, amazed or shocked, so yes, I would say it is an accurate description of the writer's feelings in the examples you have quoted.
     
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