Definition of aghast in English:

aghast

Pronunciation /əˈɡast/ /əˈɡæst/

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adjective

predicative
  • Filled with horror or shock.

    ‘when the news came out they were aghast’
    • ‘One woman, who moved to the area in the summer of 2003, was aghast at the horror in her own backyard.’
    • ‘I am aghast with horror that at this late stage in the day, we are still having to have this argument.’
    • ‘Like so many of your correspondents I too am appalled, aghast and ashamed.’
    • ‘The church volunteers who serve it were aghast and flabbergasted.’
    • ‘There are, however, many decent Christians who are horrified and aghast.’
    • ‘One telling anecdote earlier this year had watchdog watchers aghast and amazed.’
    • ‘On the other hand, most readers would probably be appalled and aghast at this stuff.’
    • ‘The court was utterly speechless, they were aghast at her rude behavior.’
    • ‘We stood open mouthed and the English couples dining were all aghast at this behaviour.’
    • ‘Mr. Iyengar, who specialises in laws related to intellectual property rights, was aghast.’
    • ‘People are truly aghast by what had to have been a pre-mediated attack.’
    • ‘The Clonmore man looked on aghast but was quickly granted a reprieve.’
    • ‘He would be aghast at the spread of materialism and greed, and angry at our indifference to poverty and deprivation.’
    • ‘Recently, Macintosh and his wife, Claire, had family pictures taken and were aghast to see how much they seem to have aged in the year.’
    • ‘I'd asked, aghast, since Hardy was so obviously sympathetic to women.’
    • ‘He must be aghast at England's dismal results, even if he does not blame Robinson for the lack of a global vision for the defence of the world title.’
    • ‘Television cameras exposed the errors, viewers were aghast and the sport's officials were left red-faced.’
    • ‘Hark looks on aghast at his ruined production, but snaps out of it when the audience responds with a standing ovation.’
    • ‘I am aghast (and too much of a puritan to be comfortable with such time-wasting).’
    • ‘She imitates his nasal hee-haw very loudly and we look on, aghast.’
    horrified, appalled, astounded, amazed, dismayed, thunderstruck, stunned, shocked, shell-shocked, in shock, flabbergasted, staggered, taken aback, speechless, awestruck, open-mouthed, wide-eyed
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Origin

Late Middle English past participle of the obsolete verb agast, gast ‘frighten’, from Old English gǣsten. The spelling with gh (originally Scots) became general by about 1700, probably influenced by ghost; compare with ghastly.