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|Clive Irving|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Holland was well aware, though, that her feminist friends were aghast at her career choice.
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|Michael Daly|January 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
When the waiter had withdrawn, he and Cynthia looked at each other aghast.Cynthia|Leonard Merrick
He was aghast at the gust of passion that had drowned all his senses for a moment.The Huntress|Hulbert Footner
Aghast and confounded, Ribault declared his purpose to return and consult with his people.The Lily and the Totem|William Gilmore Simms
I heard Cousin Egbert say with what I was aghast to suspect was admiration.Ruggles of Red Gap|Harry Leon Wilson
Mrs. Devereux's idea of irregularity was that it absorbed the devoted victim, kept her aghast.Rest Harrow|Maurice Hewlett
Word Origin 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.