Definition of aghast in English:


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Pronunciation: /əˈɡɑːst


Filled with horror or shock: she winced, aghast at his cruelty
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  • 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.


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.

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