Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
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.
Synonyms
  • horrified appalled awestruck horror-struck shocked dismayed
Antonyms
  • unsurprised
Definition
struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror
Example
A) The play, which featured borderline obscene material, left critics and audiences aghast. B) She staggered, aghast at the revelations she was hearing.
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