Definition for SUR-PRISE


  1. The act of coming upon unawares, or of taking suddenly and without preparation. The fort was taken by surprise.
  2. The state of being taken unexpectedly.
  3. An emotion excited by something happening suddenly and unexpectedly, as something novel told or presented to view. Nothing could exceed his surprise at the narration of these adventures. It expresses less than wonder and astonishment.
  4. A dish with nothing in it. [Not in use.] – King.

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