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awful definition

  • adjective:
    • acutely bad or unpleasant; awful: had a horrible trip to work.
    • exceedingly bad or unpleasant; bad: had a terrible day at any office.
    • Commanding awe: "this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath” ( Herman Melville).
    • filled up with awe, particularly:
    • Commanding awe: "this sea, whoever carefully awful stirrings appear to talk about some concealed soul beneath” ( Herman Melville).
    • filled up with or showing great reverence.
    • full of awe, especially:
    • filled up with or showing great reverence.
    • Obsolete Afraid.
    • Obsolete Afraid.
    • Formidable in nature or degree: an awful burden; an awful risk.
    • Formidable in the wild or extent: an awful burden; an awful risk.
    • Oppressing with anxiety or horror; appalling, awful.
    • Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or value; profoundly impressive.
    • Oppressing with worry or scary; appalling, awful.
    • Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or value; profoundly impressive.
    • Struck or full of awe.
    • Struck or filled up with awe.
    • Terror-stricken.
    • Terror-stricken.
    • Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
    • Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
    • extremely great; typically used intensively.
    • extremely great; frequently used intensively.
    • Very bad.
    • really bad.
    • Oppressing with worry or horror; appalling; awful.
    • Oppressing with anxiety or scary; appalling; awful.
    • Inspiring awe; completing with serious reverence, or with anxiety and admiration; fitted to encourage reverential anxiety; profoundly impressive.
    • Inspiring awe; filling with powerful reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to motivate reverential anxiety; profoundly impressive.
    • Struck or filled up with awe; terror-stricken.
    • Struck or full of awe; terror-stricken.
    • Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
    • Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
    • Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; -- used intensively
    • Frightful; extremely bad; great; -- applied intensively
    • influenced by a sense of scared wonderment or reverence
    • extreme in degree or level or quantity or influence
    • motivated by a sense of fearful wonderment or reverence
    • exceptionally bad or displeasing
    • extreme in level or level or amount or impact
    • causing concern or fear or terror
    • exceptionally bad or displeasing
    • causing worry or fear or horror
    • offensive if not (of persons) destructive
    • unpleasant and on occasion even (of individuals) malicious
    • inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
    • inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
  • adverb:
    • Informal Extremely; really: was awful ill.
    • Informal Extremely; very: ended up being awful sick.
    • Very, exceptionally; because, a horrible big home.
    • Very, acutely; since, a terrible big household.
    • made use of as intensifiers
    • used as intensifiers
  • others:
    • Striking or inspiring with awe; completing with dread, or dread mingled with powerful reverence: since, the terrible majesty of Jehovah; the awful method of death.
    • Striking or inspiring with awe; filling with fear, or dread mingled with powerful reverence: since, the awful majesty of Jehovah; the terrible approach of death.
    • Of a dreadful character; causing anxiety or horror; bad; appalling: because, a terrible disaster; we heard a horrible shriek.
    • Inspiring or commanding respect, reverence, or obedience.
    • Of a dreadful personality; causing worry or scary; awful; appalling: since, a horrible catastrophe; we heard an awful shriek.
    • Expressive of or indicating deep awe, are you aware that Deity.
    • Inspiring or commanding value, reverence, or obedience.
    • Impressed with or displaying value or reverence, in terms of expert; law-abiding; respectful within the severe.
    • Expressive of or showing deep awe, as for the Deity.
    • Having some personality in a serious or noticeable degree; excessive; very great; extraordinary; preposterous: as, he's a terrible dandy; that is an awful bonnet.
    • Impressed with or displaying respect or reverence, in terms of authority; law-abiding; respectful in the severe.
    • Synonyms and Awful, Dreadful, Fearful, Frightful, solemn, imposing, majestic; dread, dire, terrible, bad. The very first four among these terms tend to be loosely or colloquially accustomed show dislike, detestation, or horror, but should in the primary retain the same distinctions of definition as the nouns from where they are derived. Therefore, awful is filled with awe, filled with that which inspires awe, exciting a feeling of deep solemnity and reverence, usually with a particular admixture of concern, acting specifically upon the imagination (see reverence, n.); the advice may move throughout degrees from awe to horror: because, a horrible steamboat explosion.
    • Having some character in an extreme or obvious degree; exorbitant; very great; extraordinary; preposterous: because, he's a horrible dandy; which a horrible bonnet.
    • Synonyms and terrible, terrible, Fearful, Frightful, solemn, imposing, majestic; dread, dire, terrible, bad. The initial four among these words in many cases are loosely or colloquially always show dislike, detestation, or scary, but should in the primary retain the same differences of meaning given that nouns from which these are typically derived. Hence, awful is full of awe, filled with whatever inspires awe, exciting a sense of deep solemnity and reverence, frequently with a certain admixture of anxiety, acting particularly upon the imagination (see reverence, n.); the suggestion may shift in every degrees from awe to scary: as, a terrible steamboat surge.
    • Dreadful is applied to what inspires dread, that is, an oppressive fear of coming evil, and loosely to what is very bad. Fearful, full of fear, impressing fear: as, “a certain fearful looking for of judgment,” Heb. x. 27. Frightful, not full of fright, but inspiring fright or sudden and almost paralyzing fear. An awful sight; a dreadful disaster; a fearful leap; a frightful chasm.
    • Dreadful is applied to what inspires dread, that is, an oppressive concern with coming wicked, and loosely as to what is extremely bad. Afraid, full of concern, impressing anxiety: because, “a particular fearful interested in of view,” Heb. x. 27. Frightful, not high in fright, but inspiring fright or abrupt and very nearly paralyzing fear. A horrible sight; a dreadful tragedy; a fearful leap; a frightful chasm.
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