A*gast" or A*ghast" (#), v. t.

To affright; to terrify.

[Obs.]

Chaucer. Spenser.

 

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A*ghast" (#), v. t.

See Agast, v. t.

[Obs.]

 

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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) + gstan 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 horror.

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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