AskDefine | Define aghast

Dictionary Definition

aghast adj : struck with fear, dread, or consternation [syn: aghast(p), appalled, dismayed, shocked]

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English

Etymology

agast, agasted, p. p. of agasten, fr. AS. prefix a- (compare with Gothic us-, German er-, originally meaning "out") + g?stan ("to terrify, torment"): compare Gothic usgaisjan; akin to Latin haerere. See gaze, hesitate.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Terrified; struck with amazement; showing signs of terror or horror.
    • 1902, The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle.
      And while the revellers stood aghast at the fury of the man, one more wicked or, it may be, more drunken than the rest, cried out that they should put the hounds upon her.

Translations

terrified

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

afraid, agape, agog, all agog, amazed, anxious, appalled, ashen, astonished, astounded, at gaze, awed, awestricken, awestruck, beguiled, bewildered, bewitched, blanched, breathless, captivated, confounded, cowed, deadly pale, dismayed, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, enchanted, enraptured, enravished, enthralled, entranced, fascinated, fearful, flabbergasted, frightened, frozen, gaping, gauping, gazing, gray with fear, horrified, horror-struck, hypnotized, in awe, in awe of, intimidated, lost in wonder, marveling, mesmerized, open-eyed, openmouthed, overwhelmed, pale as death, pallid, paralyzed, petrified, popeyed, puzzled, rapt in wonder, scared, scared stiff, scared to death, scary, shocked, spellbound, staggered, staring, startled, stunned, stupefied, surprised, taken aback, terrified, terror-crazed, terror-haunted, terror-ridden, terror-riven, terror-shaken, terror-smitten, terror-struck, terror-troubled, thunderstruck, under a charm, undone, unmanned, unnerved, unstrung, wide-eyed, wonder-struck, wondering
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