“Seeing a ghost would leave anyone aghast.”
What is the best definition of aghast?
Aghast (adjective) – filled or stricken with horror and/or shock
GRE pro tips:
You may notice that aghast sounds like the GRE word ghastly, meaning horrible or terrifying, and the more common word ghost. And in fact, these words do have a similar origin. (The Middle English word gasten meant “to frighten.”) So, try to remember the meaning of aghast (stricken with shock and horror) by recalling the following: seeing a ghost, or anything ghastly, would leave one aghast.
Note that aghast can also mean stricken with shock (but not horror) – for instance, the unexpected news of your friend winning the lottery could leave you aghast.
“I was aghast when I learned of my manager’s termination.”
“The gruesome depictions in the film left the audience aghast.”