Definition of aghast
: struck with terror, amazement, or horror : shocked and upset was aghast when she heard the news
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Examples of aghast in a Sentence
The news left her aghast.
Critics were aghast to see how awful the play was.
Recent Examples of aghast from the Web
Throughout his campaign, Perriello has sought an edge by channeling the energy and frustrations of Democratic activists aghast at the president and his policies.
Music executives are now aghast over the failure to provide refunds and the maneuvering of investors in the weeks before the festival fell apart.
This potential threat to world order is tremendous and truly terrifying for some men in Texas who are absolutely aghast that the Alamo Drafthouse theater is trying to celebrate the biggest female icon in the comic book world. '
A number of congressional Republicans involved in the Russia probes sounded aghast.
Thanks, pardner: Webcasters who buy RealNetworks’ expensive servers were aghast to discover the company was promoting online ad-blocking software.
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Did You Know?
If you are aghast, you might look like you've just seen a ghost, or something similarly shocking. "Aghast" traces back to a Middle English verb, gasten, meaning "to frighten." "Gasten" (which also gave us ghastly, meaning "terrible or frightening) comes from "gast," a Middle English spelling of the word ghost. "Gast" also came to be used in English as a verb meaning "to scare." That verb is now obsolete, but its spirit lives on in words spoken by the character Edmund in Shakespeare's King Lear: "gasted by the noise I made, full suddenly he fled."
AGHAST Defined for Kids
Definition of aghast for Students
: struck with terror, surprise, or horror The news left her aghast.
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