aghast adj
Gertie's great-grandma grew aghast at Gertie's grammar.

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  • aghast — (adj.) c.1300, agast, terrified, pp. of M.E. agasten to frighten (c.1200), from a intensive prefix + O.E. gæstan to terrify, from gæst spirit, ghost (see GHOST (Cf. ghost)). The gh spelling appeared early 15c. in Scottish and is possibly a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • aghast — [adj] horrified; very surprised afraid, agape, agog, alarmed, amazed, anxious, appalled, astonished, astounded, awestruck, confounded, dismayed, dumbfounded, frightened, horror struck, overwhelmed, shocked, startled, stunned, terrified,… …   New thesaurus

  • aghast — adj. aghast at (aghast at the very thought of going back to work) * * * [ə gɑːst] aghast at (aghast at the very thought of going back to work) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • aghast — [ə gast′, əgäst′] adj. [ME agast, pp. of agasten, to terrify < a , intens. + gasten < OE gaestan, to terrify < gast, GHOST] feeling great horror or dismay; terrified; horrified …   English World dictionary

  • aghast — adj 1. horrified, terrified, horror struck, panic stricken; petrified, appalled, frightened, afraid, alarmed, dismayed, scared. 2. taken aback, surprised, startled, astonished, shocked, astounded, stupefied; flabbergasted, stunned, bewildered,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • aghast — adj. (usu. predic.; often foll. by at) filled with dismay or consternation. Etymology: ME, past part. of obs. agast, gast frighten: see GHASTLY …   Useful english dictionary

  • aghast — [[t]əgɑ͟ːst, əgæ̱st[/t]] ADJ GRADED: ADJ after v, v link ADJ, oft ADJ at n, ADJ n If you are aghast, you are filled with horror and surprise. [FORMAL] While she watched, aghast, his eyes glazed over as his life flowed away... His colleagues were… …   English dictionary

  • aghast — a|ghast [əˈga:st US əˈgæst] adj [not before noun] written [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: From the past participle of aghast to frighten (13 16 centuries), from gast to frighten (11 17 centuries), from Old English gAstan] feeling or looking shocked by… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • aghast — /euh gast , euh gahst /, adj. struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror: They stood aghast at the sight of the plane crashing. [1225 75; ME agast frightened, ptp. of agasten, equiv. to a A 3 + gasten, OE… …   Universalium

  • aghast — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. awestruck, agape. See fear, wonder. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. horrified, alarmed, appalled, dismayed; see afraid 2 , bewildered , shocked . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. terrified, horrified,… …   English dictionary for students

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