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Meaning of AGHAST

Pronunciation:  u'gast

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*ghast"\, v. t.
    See {Agast}, v. t. [Obs.]
  2. \A*ghast"\, a & p. p. [OE. agast, agasted, p. p. of
    agasten to terrify, fr. AS. pref. [=a]- (cf. Goth. us-, G.
    er-, orig. meaning out) + g?stan to terrify, torment: cf.
    Goth. usgaisjan to terrify, primitively to fix, to root to
    the spot with terror; akin to L. haerere to stick fast,
    cling. See {Gaze}, {Hesitate}.]
    Terrified; struck with amazement; showing signs of terror or
          Aghast he waked; and, starting from his bed, Cold sweat
          in clammy drops his limbs o'erspread.    --Dryden.
          The commissioners read and stood aghast. --Macaulay.
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