aghast


aghast
a|ghast [əˈga:st US əˈgæst] adj [not before noun] written
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: From the past participle of aghast 'to frighten' (13-16 centuries), from gast 'to frighten' (11-17 centuries), from Old English gAstan]
feeling or looking shocked by something you have seen or just found out
aghast at
Everyone was aghast at the verdict.
Hank looked at her aghast.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • aghast — (adj.) c.1300, agast, terrified, pp. of M.E. agasten to frighten (c.1200), from a intensive prefix + O.E. gæstan to terrify, from gæst spirit, ghost (see GHOST (Cf. ghost)). The gh spelling appeared early 15c. in Scottish and is possibly a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • aghast — [adj] horrified; very surprised afraid, agape, agog, alarmed, amazed, anxious, appalled, astonished, astounded, awestruck, confounded, dismayed, dumbfounded, frightened, horror struck, overwhelmed, shocked, startled, stunned, terrified,… …   New thesaurus

  • aghast — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ filled with horror or shock. ORIGIN from obsolete gast frighten ; spelling probably influenced by GHOST(Cf. ↑ghost) (compare with GHASTLY(Cf. ↑ghastly)) …   English terms dictionary

  • aghast — [ə gast′, əgäst′] adj. [ME agast, pp. of agasten, to terrify < a , intens. + gasten < OE gaestan, to terrify < gast, GHOST] feeling great horror or dismay; terrified; horrified …   English World dictionary

  • aghast — adj. aghast at (aghast at the very thought of going back to work) * * * [ə gɑːst] aghast at (aghast at the very thought of going back to work) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • aghast — [[t]əgɑ͟ːst, əgæ̱st[/t]] ADJ GRADED: ADJ after v, v link ADJ, oft ADJ at n, ADJ n If you are aghast, you are filled with horror and surprise. [FORMAL] While she watched, aghast, his eyes glazed over as his life flowed away... His colleagues were… …   English dictionary


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