A consumer society without taste is a horrible thing to behold.
He wore a sparkly jacket that was terrifying to behold, but was alas not festooned with electric lights.
behold Kick-Ass, the film that wowed a small group of hard-core film geeks—and includes Nicolas Cage's funniest role in years.
Old English bihaldan (West Saxon behealdan) "give regard to, hold in view," also "to keep hold of, to belong to," from be- + haldan, healdan (see hold). Related: Beheld; beholding. A common West Germanic compound, cf. Old Saxon bihaldan "hold, keep," Old Frisian bihalda, Old High German bihaltan, German behalten, but "[t]he application to watching, looking, is confined to English" [OED].