What is another word for aback?

Pronunciation: [ɐbˈak] (IPA)

Aback is an adverb that describes being taken by surprise or caught off guard. There are several synonyms that can be used interchangeably with aback, such as startled, shocked, amazed, surprised, stunned, and astounded. All these words refer to the same state of being taken by surprise and are often used to express someone's reaction to unexpected events or news. These synonyms are commonly used in writing, speech, and everyday conversations, and can add depth and variety to a person's vocabulary. Choosing the right synonym depends on the context of the sentence and the intended effect on the audience, but each can provide a similar sentiment to the word aback.

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What are the opposite words for aback?

When something takes us aback, we feel surprised, shocked, and taken aback. Therefore, antonyms for aback could be words such as anticipate, expect, foresee, or predict. These words signify that we are mentally prepared for what is about to happen, or that we have already foreseen the event in question. Other antonyms could be words like face or confront, which implies that we are fearless and ready to tackle whatever comes our way. Overall, the antonyms for aback are words that signify readiness, courage, and mental preparedness.

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Usage examples for Aback

He wandered around to the museum, or side show, and while looking at the gigantic pictures displayed, was rather taken aback to see Daniel Hawkins and his wife standing not two yards away.
"Leo the Circus Boy"
Ralph Bonehill
Mrs. Badgerly, though taken aback, was not routed.
"The Locusts' Years"
Mary Helen Fee
When I first came here I was utterly taken aback by your presence.
"The Locusts' Years"
Mary Helen Fee

Famous quotes with Aback

  • People are taken aback by a confident, pretty girl who knows what she wants in life and isn't going to let anyone get in her way. And you know what it's all about? Jealousy.
    Summer Altice
  • I've never really been star struck. I was a little bit taken aback when I was doing a chat show recently and I was sat in the make-up chair chatting to a guy say next to me but I couldn't look round and see who it was, it was only when I got up I realised it had been Bryan Adams I'd been talking to!
    Richard Fleeshman
  • ‘You’re frightfully BBC in your language this afternoon, Albert,’ said Tuppance, with some exasperation. Albert looked slightly taken aback and reverted to a more natural form of speech. ‘I was listening to a very interesting talk on pond life last night,’ he explained.
    Agatha Christie
  • In this blissful Shewing of our Lord I have understanding of two contrary things: the one is the most wisdom that any creature may do in this life, the other is the most folly.Thus is it our enemy that would put us aback with his false dread, of our wretchedness, through pain that he threateth us with. For it is his meaning to make us so heavy and so weary in this, that we should let out of mind the fair, Blissful Beholding of our Everlasting Friend.
    Julian of Norwich

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