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aghast (adj) shocked and surprised; horrified.
We are shocked and horrified if we see someone close to us in immediate danger. We then are aghast. A mother is shocked and horrified to hear that her child has a fatal disease. She is then aghast. We stare aghast at a fatal road accident.
- Young Dennis was aghast when he heard the news that his friend on a tour of Iran, had died in an earthquake there.
- Aghast at the sight of the bleeding young boy knocked down by the truck, Agnes collapsed on the spot and had to be rushed to the hospital.