American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Struck by shock, terror, or amazement.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Struck with amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror. See agast, v. t.
- Synonyms Horrified, dismayed, confounded, astounded, dumfounded, thunderstruck.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete See agast, v. t.
- adj. Terrified; struck with amazement; showing signs of terror or horror.
- adj. struck with fear, dread, or consternation
- From Middle English agast, agasted, past participle of agasten ("to terrify"), from Old English prefix a- (compare with Gothic 𐌿𐍃- (us-), German er-, originally meaning "out") + gæstan ("to terrify, torment"): compare Gothic 𐌿𐍃𐌲𐌰𐌹𐍃𐌾𐌰𐌽 (usgaisjan, "to terrify", literally "to fix, to root to the spot with terror"); akin to Latin haerere ("to stick fast, cling"). See gaze, hesitate. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English agast, past participle of agasten, to frighten : a-, intensive pref. (from Old English ā-) + gasten, to frighten (from Old English gǣstan, from gāst, ghost). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The slim night elf sat atop his cat, his expression aghast.”
“What should have everyone aghast is that this man fantasizes himself as Presidential material.”
“Behold him next assuming the reins of government at a time when every other mind on earth would have shrunk aghast from the fearful task, or sunk beneath its complicated perils.”
“All her unfulfilled promises arose before her, like a vexed sea whose waves run mountains high; and her soul, which seemed but one mass of lies, shrunk back aghast from the 'awful look' of him whom she had formerly talked to, as if he had been”
“And did the cart go for it?" inquired Captain Bunting, aghast.”
“Marr said many people on the left would be "aghast" to hear him criticise FoI.”
“This begins immediately for Foxe when Elizabeth is arrested. 168 In Foxe's melodramatic depiction, Queen Mary's commissioners arrived at Elizabeth's residence in the middle of the night, barged their way past the "aghast" servants and told the princess that they had orders to bring her to court "either quick or dead.”
“And everyone has that experience growing up where there's the, you know, the funny uncle who comes over and he tells, like, dirty jokes that you don't understand and your parents look kind of aghast and they're like, oh, go to your room.”
“Although, I do find it hilarious that the folks quoted are so "aghast" at the prospect of voter fraud in Texas.”
“As we go to press, Feminist Majority, Planned Parenthood and NOW have said not a word, although NOW's Kim Gandy told me she was "aghast" and would speak out soon.”
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