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Definitions of awful

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; " awed by the silence"; " awful worshippers with bowed heads"
  4. ( informal) used as intensifiers, as in" terribly interesting"; " I'm awful sorry"
  5. causing fear or dread or terror; " the awful war"; " an awful risk"; " dire news"; " a career or vengeance so direful that London was shocked"; " the dread presence of the headmaster"; " polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"; " a dreadful storm"; " a fearful howling"; " horrendous explosions shook the city"; " a terrible curse"
  6. 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
  7. used as intensifiers; " terribly interesting"; " I'm awful sorry"
  8. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene.
  9. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive.
  10. Struck or filled with awe; terror- stricken.
  11. Worshipful; reverential; law- abiding.
  12. Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; - applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster.
  13. Inspiring or impressing with great fear or reverence; as, the awful majesty of God; of a dreadful or appalling nature; solemn.
  14. Awfulness.
  15. Full of awe.
  16. AWFULLY.
  17. Inspiring awe; terrible.
  18. Inspiring awe; majestic and terrible.
  19. Filled with awe.
  20. Inspiring or expressing awe; dreadful; fearful.
  21. Terrible, dreadful.
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Usage examples for awful

  1. It is too awful for us to take in. – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  2. Oh, oh, how awful! – Christopher and Columbus by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
  3. I felt just awful sorry for him. – Marcia Schuyler by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  4. It was awful, perfectly awful. – Anxious Audrey by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  5. Did you know how awful it would be?" – Mae Madden by Mary Murdoch Mason
  6. You see they had an awful hard winter up there last year, and the quails were all killed off. – The Boy Trapper by Harry Castlemon
  7. They've both heard, and they're beefin' something awful. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  8. He's been so awful good to me these last ten days! – Jane Oglander by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  9. And then he came and told me an awful thing about her mother. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  10. I've had an awful night with Rivarez. – The Gadfly by E. L. Voynich
  11. I couldn't get much of what was said, but he sure talked awful rough, an' she seemed to be pleadin' with him. – The Case and The Girl by Randall Parrish
  12. And she felt so awful. – Old Caravan Days by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  13. That is what makes him so awful." – The-Burgess-Animal-Book-for-Children by Burgess, Thornton W. (Thornton Waldo)
  14. 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
  15. It was an awful night, that first night in. – Private Peat by Harold R. Peat
  16. That was so awful. – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  17. I know that something awful has happened. – The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  18. I think it's awful nice for two to sing together." – Patty's Social Season by Carolyn Wells
  19. She was in the card- room, looking on, when the awful thing took place. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  20. The name of his little book was a very awful name. – The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope
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