n.1.The act of coming upon, or taking, unawares; the act of seizing unexpectedly; surprisal; as, the fort was taken by surprise.
2.The state of being surprised, or taken unawares, by some act or event which could not reasonably be foreseen; emotion excited by what is sudden and strange; a suddenly excited feeling of wonder or astonishment.
Pure surprise and fear
Made me to quit the house.
- Shak.
3.Anything that causes such a state or emotion.
4.A dish covered with a crust of raised paste, but with no other contents.
Surprise party
a party of persons who assemble by mutual agreement, and without invitation, at the house of a common friend.
- Bartlett.
v. t.1.To come or fall suddenly and unexpectedly; to take unawares; to seize or capture by unexpected attack.
[imp. & p. p. Surprised ; p. pr. & vb. n. Surprising.]
The castle of Macduff I will surprise.
- Shak.
2.To strike with wonder, astonishment, or confusion, by something sudden, unexpected, or remarkable; to confound; as, his conduct surprised me.
3.To lead (one) to do suddenly and without forethought; to bring (one) into some unexpected state; - with into; as, to be surprised into an indiscretion; to be surprised into generosity.
4.To hold possession of; to hold.
Not with me,
That in my hands surprise the sovereignity.
- J. Webster.
Noun1.surprise - the astonishment you feel when something totally unexpected happens to you
2.surprise - a sudden unexpected event
3.surprise - the act of surprising someone
Synonyms: surprisal
Verb1.surprise - cause to be surprised; "The news really surprised me"
2.surprise - come upon or take unawares; "She surprised the couple"; "He surprised an interesting scene"
3.surprise - attack by storm; attack suddenly
Synonyms: storm

SURPRISE. This term is frequently used in courts of equity and by writers on equity jurisprudence. It signifies the act by which a party who is entering into a contract is taken unawares, by which sudden confusion or perplexity is created, which renders it proper that a court of equity should relieve the party so surprised. 2 Bro. Ch. R. 150; 1 Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 120, note. Mr. Jeremy, Eq. Jur. 366, seems to think that the word surprise is a technical expression, and nearly synonymous. with fraud. Page 383, note. It is sometimes, used in this sense when it is deemed presumptive of, or approaching to fraud. 1 Fonb. Eq. 123 3 Chan. Cas. 56, 74, 103, 114. Vide 6 Ves. R. 327, 338; 2 Bro. Ch. R. 826; 16 Ves. R. 81, 86, 87; 1 Cox, R. 340; 2 Harr. Dig. 92.
     2. In practice, by surprise is understood that situation in which a party is placed, without any default of his own, which will be, injurious to his interest. 8 N. AS. 407. The courts always do everything in their power to relieve a party from the effects of a surprise, when he has been diligent in endeavouring to avoid it. 1 Clarke's R. 162; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3285.

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