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Today's word is:

aghast

|əˈgast|

adjective [ predic. ]

  • Filled with horror or shock : when the news came out they were aghast.

ORIGIN: late Middle English : past participle of the obsolete verb agast, gast [frighten,] from Old English gǣsten. The spelling with gh (originally Scots) became general by about 1700, probably influenced by ghost ; compare with ghastly .