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Definitions of awful

  1. Awfulness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. exceptionally bad or displeasing; "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. inspiring awe or admiration or wonder; "New York is an amazing city"; "the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight"; "the awesome complexity of the universe"; "this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath"- Melville; "Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. offensive or even (of persons) malicious; "in a nasty mood"; "a nasty accident"; "a nasty shock"; "a nasty smell"; "a nasty trick to pull"; "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"- Ezra Pound Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. used as intensifiers; "terribly interesting"; "I'm awful sorry" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; - applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Inspiring or impressing with great fear or reverence; as, the awful majesty of God; of a dreadful or appalling nature; solemn. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Full of awe. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Inspiring awe; terrible. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Inspiring awe; majestic and terrible. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Filled with awe. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Inspiring or expressing awe; dreadful; fearful. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Terrible, dreadful. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for awful

  1. It is so different from any I have ever looked forward to; and though it has always been awful this is so much more so. – Lady-John-Russell by MacCarthy, Desmond
  2. She was in the card- room, looking on, when the awful thing took place. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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