The Closing Word: Aghast

Image of Closing Word LogoThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (ah-GASSED)

struck with fear, dread, or consternation

From “Aghast comes from Old English gasten, “frighten,” which comes in turn from gāst, “ghost.” If you’ve seen a look of absolute shock or terror on someone’s face, you can describe the look with the adjective aghast.”

“The absentee landlord was aghast by the condition squatters had left his duplex.”

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