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Definitions for aghast
əˈgæst, əˈgɑstaghast

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aghast(p), appalled, dismayed, shockedadjective

    struck with fear, dread, or consternation


  1. aghastadjective

    Terrified; struck with amazement; showing signs of terror or horror.

  2. Etymology: From agast, agasted, past participle of agasten, from prefix a- (compare with Gothic 033F0343-, German er-, originally meaning "out") + gæstan: compare Gothic 033F03430332033003390343033E0330033D; akin to Latin haerere. See gaze, hesitate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Aghastadjective

    Struck with horrour, as at the sight of a spectre; stupified with terrour. It is generally applied to the external appearance.

    Etymology: either the participle of agaze, (see Agaze.) and then to be written agazed, or agast, or from a and gast, a ghost, which the present orthography favours; perhaps they were originally different words.

    Who sighing sore, as if her heart in twaine
    Had riven been, and all her heart-strings brast,
    With dreary drooping eyne look’d up like one aghast. Edmund Spenser.

    The aged earth aghast,
    With terrour of that blast,
    Shall from the surface to the centre shake. John Milton, Chr. Nat.

    Aghast he wak’d, and, starting from his bed,
    Cold sweat in clammy drops his limbs o’erspread. John Dryden, Æn.

    I laugh to think how your unshaken Cato
    Will look aghast, while unforeseen destruction
    Pours in upon him thus from every side. Joseph Addison, Cato.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aghastverb

    to affright; to terrify

  2. Aghastverb

    see Agast, v. t

  3. Aghast

    terrified; struck with amazement; showing signs of terror or horror

  4. Etymology: [OE. agast, agasted, p. p. of agasten to terrify, fr. AS. pref. - (cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + gstan to terrify, torment: cf. Goth. usgaisjan to terrify, primitively to fix, to root to the spot with terror; akin to L. haerere to stick fast, cling. See Gaze, Hesitate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aghast

    a-gast′, adj. stupefied with horror. [Properly agast; M. E. agasten, to terrify; A.S. intens. pfx. á-, and gæstan, to terrify. The primary notion of the root gæs- (Goth. gais-) is to fix, stick; to root to the spot with terror. See Gaze.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aghast in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aghast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of aghast in a Sentence

  1. Adam Schiff:

    This seems to be something that goes beyond,' Attorney General Merrick Garland have to have more than a reasonable doubt before Attorney General Merrick Garland indict the king,' to' Attorney General Merrick Garland can't even start an investigation into credible allegations of criminality of the king, i don't think the Founders would have ever countenanced that. In fact, I think they would have been aghast at that.

  2. Beth Mandyck:

    I was aghast that there was no women’s bodybuilding, if there’s a category for men, why can’t there be a category for women?

  3. Carol Folt:

    Most of us (at universities) spend our lives caring about students and admissions and trying to do things fairly ... so when you see something like that, youre just aghast, but most of us immediately started thinking, OK, boy, we know how to get to the bottom of this, were going to figure this out and that is not something I want to ever see happen again.

  4. Adam Schiff:

    I don't think the Founders would have ever countenanced that. In fact, I think they would have been aghast at that.

  5. Michael Katz:

    We were aghast they could do this without informing us, we own them. Just as importantly, we do not sell our religious objects. It's a very strong principle. If you're paying ransom to a kidnapper, you can sell religious objects. Otherwise, you cannot.

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