- struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror: They stood aghast at the sight of the plane crashing.
Origin of aghast
Examples from the Web for aghast
Those avatars of hedonism, The Europeans, are aghast at discovering that the average American vacation lasts for just 4.1 days.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
Holland was well aware, though, that her feminist friends were aghast at her career choice.Porn's Behind-the-Camera Feminists
February 26, 2014
She recalls that her father was aghast when somebody asked him if he had treated King differently than he might another patient.The Black and White Men Who Saved Martin Luther King’s Life
January 20, 2014
Everyone is aghast by the actors who are eventually cast in the lead roles.
Aghast, she asked what instrument I played, or what other musical talent I might possess.Scott Turow: How I Write
October 23, 2013
"No, no; thank you," gasped the boy, aghast at the reckless audacity of the proposal.In the Midst of Alarms
The wench came up soon after, all aghast, with a Laud, Miss!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
When mamma saw the wide staircase leading to the dormitories she was aghast.My Double Life
The spectators recoiled, aghast with indignant astonishment.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
I heard Cousin Egbert say with what I was aghast to suspect was admiration.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- (postpositive) overcome with amazement or horror
Word Origin and History for aghast
c.1300, agast, "terrified," past participle of Middle English agasten "to frighten" (c.1200), from a- intensive prefix + Old English gæstan "to terrify," from gæst "spirit, ghost" (see ghost). The -gh- spelling appeared early 15c. in Scottish and is possibly a Flemish influence, or after ghost, etc. It became general after 1700.