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Definition shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay (sadness, disappointment, or worry)
  • She stepped back aghast at the behavior.
aghast = shocked with feelings of surprise or dismay
  • Her employer looked aghast and fired her on the spot.
  • aghast = shocked with feelings of surprise or dismay
  •   "Ever consider working for a living?"
      "Work?"  Two-Bit was aghast.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • aghast = shocked or surprised
  • 'He's gone off his rocker!' shouted one of the fathers, aghast, and the other parents joined in the chorus of frightened shouting.
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • aghast = shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay
  • Her father, though proud she was "joining up with the good guys," was aghast that she was doing it in North Carolina.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • aghast = shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay
  • Polly and Digory looked at each other, aghast. ... Certainly, she was not at all the sort of person one would like to take home.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician's Nephew
  • aghast = shocked with feelings of surprise and dismay
  • HALLY:   ...Say you stumble or bump into somebody ... do they take off any points?
    SAM:  (aghast) Hally...!
    HALLY:  When you're dancing — if you and your partner collide into another couple.
    (Hally can get no further. SAM has collapsed with laughter.)
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • aghast = shocked and surprised
  • From that chamber, and from that mansion, I fled aghast.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • The servants looked aghast, but when Littlefinger saw what she'd done he laughed.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Dene's spy!" he exclaimed, aghast.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • "One bet!" echoed Kells, aghast.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • We were too aghast to make any noise at all.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • All the female guests were huddled aghast against the walls like sheep in a storm, and the men were bewildered as to what to do.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • For a minute perhaps I stared aghast at this blackness that was creeping over the day, and then I realized that an eclipse was beginning.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • "There is more Chinese food here than in China!" she said, aghast.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • He sat up, aghast with truth.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • I am aghast, and deeply satisfied.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • That just left Phaedrus aghast.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Aghast at this torrent, I fell back before it, and would fain have locked myself in my new quarters.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Federalists everywhere were aghast, disbelieving, or seething with anger.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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