Adjective "aghast" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Filled with horror or shock.
  1. 'People are truly aghast by what had to have been a pre-mediated attack.'
  2. 'I am aghast (and too much of a puritan to be comfortable with such time-wasting).'
  3. 'The church volunteers who serve it were aghast and flabbergasted.'
  4. 'I am aghast with horror that at this late stage in the day, we are still having to have this argument.'
  5. 'On the other hand, most readers would probably be appalled and aghast at this stuff.'
  6. 'He would be aghast at the spread of materialism and greed, and angry at our indifference to poverty and deprivation.'
  7. 'Mr. Iyengar, who specialises in laws related to intellectual property rights, was aghast.'
  8. 'The court was utterly speechless, they were aghast at her rude behavior.'
  9. 'The Clonmore man looked on aghast but was quickly granted a reprieve.'
  10. 'I'd asked, aghast, since Hardy was so obviously sympathetic to women.'


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

More examples(as adjective)

"wives can be aghast at receptions."

"scorerses can be aghast at threats."

"people can be aghast at results."

"people can be aghast at prospects."

"people can be aghast at propagandas."

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Late Middle English: past participle of the obsolete verb agast, gast ‘frighten’, from Old English gǣsten. The spelling with gh (originally Scots) became general by about 1700, probably influenced by ghost; compare with ghastly.