1 > A shocking surprise | SYN: thunderbolt, thunderclap.
2 > An entertainer who has a sensational effect.
3 > An explosive bomb or artillery shell. bomb-shell.
ETYM French chance, Old Fren. cheance, from Late Lat. cadentia (a allusion to the falling of the dice), from Latin cadere to fall; akin to Skr. çad to fall, Latin cedere to yield, Eng. cede. Related to Cadence. (Homonym: chants). A risk involving danger. Likelihood, or probability, of an event taking place, expressed as a fraction or percentage. For example, the chance that a tossed coin will land heads up is 50%. As a science, it originated when the Chevalier de Méré consulted Blaise Pascal about how to reduce his gambling losses. In 1664, in correspondence with another mathematician, Pierre de Fermat, Pascal worked out the foundations of the theory of chance. This underlies the science of statistics.
ETYM Cf. French sensation. Related to Sensate.
1 > A general feeling of excitement.
2 > An unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation | SYN: sense experience, sense impression, sense datum.
ETYM Old Eng. wonder, wunder, AS. wundor.
1 > Something that causes feelings of wonder | SYN: marvel.
2 > The feeling aroused by something strange and surprising | SYN: wonderment, admiration.
Surprise; astonishment; a wonderful appearance; a wonder.
ETYM French surprise, from surprendre, surpris; sur over + prendre to take, Latin prehendere. Related to Sur-, and Prehensile.
1 > A sudden unexpected event.
2 > The act of surprising someone | SYN: surprising, surprisal.
3 > The astonishment one feels when something totally unexpected happens to one.
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