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
Conservatives were aghast at the transformation of the federal judiciary under President Obama.
Some readers will be aghast that chapters end with bullet-point summaries and questions, evoking the worst of unctuous business tomes.
Even some of Toomey’s colleagues from across the aisle, normally reluctant to call out a peer, were aghast at the senator’s performance.
Miller is also aghast at the sight of Hardy making tea in a microwave.
Some in attendance are aghast; others unquestioning.
Environmentalists were aghast when President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris climate treaty, with some declaring that the very survival of our civilization was at stake.
The civil-rights legal community was and is aghast about the notion of someone with so little expertise and such expressed hostility to the mission of the office actually heading that office.
Wonder Woman herself comes from a matriarchal civilization, and is aghast at women’s roles in World War I-era society: relegated to secretarial work, shut out of decision-making.
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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."
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Definition of aghast for Students
: struck with terror, surprise, or horror The news left her aghast.
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