It would be reported in the Los Angeles Times that Hugh Hefner looked “aghast” when he caught sight of the Sluts.
The world is aghast at the story of Lashanda Armstrong, the New York woman who drowned herself and her children.
Smith was aghast: The idea had clearly never crossed his mind.
c.1300, agast, "terrified," past participle of Middle English agasten "to frighten" (c.1200), from a- intensive prefix + Old English gæstan "to terrify," from gæst "spirit, ghost" (see ghost). The -gh- spelling appeared early 15c. in Scottish and is possibly a Flemish influence, or after ghost, etc. It became general after 1700.