- Shock or surprise someone: he was taken aback by her directnessMore example sentences
surprise, shock, stun, stagger, astound, astonish, startle, take by surprise; dumbfound, daze, nonplus, stop someone in their tracks, stupefy, take someone's breath away; shake (up), jolt, throw, unnerve, disconcert, disturb, disquiet, unsettle, discompose, bewilder
- The consul was present at the Supreme Court hearing, and I think she was taken aback and shocked by what she heard.
- When you go to such a place, you are taken aback by the youthfulness of the crowd.
- People in England are aware of the divide, but the extent of it took me aback.