aghast

[ uh-gast, uh-gahst ]
/ əˈgæst, əˈgɑst /

adjective

struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror: They stood aghast at the sight of the plane crashing.

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Origin of aghast

1225–75; Middle English agast frightened, past participle of agasten, equivalent to a-a-3 + gasten,Old English gǣstan to frighten, earlier *gāstjan<Germanic causative *gaistjan;see ghost
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British Dictionary definitions for aghast

aghast
/ (əˈɡɑːst) /

adjective

(postpositive) overcome with amazement or horror

Word Origin for aghast

C13: agast, from Old English gæstan to frighten. The spelling with gh is on the model of ghastly
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