aghast


aghast

adjective \ə-ˈgast\

: shocked and upset

Full Definition of AGHAST

:  struck with terror, amazement, or horror :  shocked

Examples of AGHAST

  1. The news left her aghast.
  2. Critics were aghast to see how awful the play was.

Origin of AGHAST

Middle English agast, from past participle of agasten to frighten, from a- (perfective prefix) + gasten to frighten — more at abide, gast
First Known Use: 13th century

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