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aghast

adjective

Definition: horrified or struck with amazement

Synonyms: appalled, stunned, astonished, shocked, amazed, terrified, horrified

Antonyms: blasť, unperturbed

Tips: Aghast is derived from the Old English gast, "ghost." Think of someone being as horrified or stunned as if they've seen a ghost--that person would be aghast.

Usage Examples:

The Principal was aghast at the lack of discipline she witnessed in Mr. Jones' classroom. (appalled, horrified)

I am completely aghast at such insolent behavior. (astonished, stunned)

I was aghast that my employee hadn't followed my instructions at all, and as a result, did a terrible job on the project. (stunned, appalled)

I was aghast at my mobile phone bill last month, so I'll have to be careful about how much I use it this month. (horrified, shocked)


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