aghast


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a·ghast

 (ə-găst′)
adj.
Struck by shock, terror, or amazement.

[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).]

aghast

(əˈɡɑːst)
adj
(postpositive) overcome with amazement or horror
[C13: agast, from Old English gæstan to frighten. The spelling with gh is on the model of ghastly]

a•ghast

(əˈgæst, əˈgɑst)

adj.
struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror.
[1225–75; Middle English agast frightened, past participle of agasten=a- a-3 + gasten, Old English gǣstan to frighten]

aghast

- From a verb agastea, "frighten," based on an Old English word meaning "torment."
See also related terms for torment.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.aghast - struck with fear, dread, or consternationaghast - struck with fear, dread, or consternation
afraid - filled with fear or apprehension; "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"

aghast

adjective horrified, shocked, amazed, stunned, appalled, astonished, startled, astounded, confounded, awestruck, horror-struck, thunder-struck His colleagues were aghast at the sackings.

aghast

adjective
Filled with fear or terror:
Regional: afeard, ascared.
Translations
مَذْعُور، مَشْدُوه
zděšený
forfærdet
skelfingu lostinn
apstulbintas
apstulbotspārsteigts
zdesený
dehşete kapılmışdona kalmış

aghast

[əˈgɑːst] ADJhorrorizado, pasmado (at ante) to be aghast athorrorizarse or pasmarse ante

aghast

[əˈgɑːst] adjatterré(e), accablé(e)
aghast at sth [+ behaviour, situation] → atterré(e) par qch, accablé(e) par qch
Beth was aghast at what she had just heard → Beth était atterrée par ce qu'elle venait juste d'entendre., Beth était accablée par ce qu'elle venait juste d'entendre.
aghast at being ... → atterré d'être ..., accablé d'être ...
He was aghast at being classed a traitor → Il était atterré d'être considéré comme un traître., Il était accablé d'être considéré comme un traître.

aghast

adj predentgeistert (→ at über +acc)

aghast

[əˈgɑːst] adj aghast (at) (shocked) → sbigottito/a (a); (terrified) → inorridito/a (a), atterrito/a (a)
to be aghast at the idea of doing sth → essere atterrito/a all'idea di fare qc

aghast

(əˈgaːst) adjective
struck with horror. She was aghast at the mess.
References in classic literature ?
The Hurons stood aghast at this sudden visitation of death on one of their band.
And ever, as the white moon shows her affrighted face from the steep gullies in the blackness overhead, aghast Jonah sees the rearing bowsprit pointing high upward, but soon beat downward again towards the tormented deep.
For the moment all the aghast mate's thoughts seemed theirs; they raised a half mutinous cry.
It is so in England; it is so everywhere; and yet all Christendom stands aghast, with virtuous indignation, because we do the thing in a little different shape from what they do it.
Well," said he, "if you had committed a murder, and I had told you your crime was discovered, you could scarcely look more aghast.
As to his cousin, she wept with all her might, aghast at the mischief she had done: though she said nothing.
If you can cough any trifle on it up, Pip, I'd recommend you to do it," said Joe, all aghast.
The young man himself was aghast at the sudden quarrel which he had dared to raise at the very moment when he had resolved to speak words of gentleness, love and submission to Christine.
Then lighting a fire upon the ground they hacked morsels from the bird, and proceeded to roast them while I stood by aghast.
The landlord, who was of the fraternity, ran at once to fetch his staff of office and his sword, and ranged himself on the side of his comrades; the servants of Don Luis clustered round him, lest he should escape from them in the confusion; the barber, seeing the house turned upside down, once more laid hold of his pack-saddle and Sancho did the same; Don Quixote drew his sword and charged the officers; Don Luis cried out to his servants to leave him alone and go and help Don Quixote, and Cardenio and Don Fernando, who were supporting him; the curate was shouting at the top of his voice, the landlady was screaming, her daughter was wailing, Maritornes was weeping, Dorothea was aghast, Luscinda terror-stricken, and Dona Clara in a faint.
The nearer I came to the Chateau de Montpersan, the more aghast I felt at the idea of my strange self-imposed pilgrimage.
From that chamber, and from that mansion, I fled aghast.