meaning of awe

awe meaning in General Dictionary

To hit with worry and reverence to inspire with awe to control by inspiring dread

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  • Dread great worry mingled with value
  • encourage awe in
  • a sense of powerful respect for some one or something
  • an overwhelming sense of question or admiration
  • Dread; great worry mingled with value.
  • The feeling influenced by anything terrible and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful in addition to sublime; reverential worry, or solemn wonder; serious reverence.
  • To strike with anxiety and reverence; to encourage with awe; to control by inspiring fear.

awe meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, aue, "fear, horror, great reverence," early in the day aghe, c.1200, from a Scandinavian origin, such as Old Norse agi "fright;" from Proto-Germanic *agiz- (cognates: Old English ege "fear," Old High German agiso "fright, terror," Gothic agis "fear, anguish"), from PIE *agh-es- (cognates: Greek akhos "pain, grief"), from root *agh- "to be depressed, hesitate" (identify ail). Present feeling of "dread blended with admiration or veneration" is because of biblical usage with reference to the Supreme Being. To stand in awe (early 15c.) initially was only to stand awe. Awe-inspiring is taped from 1814. Al engelond of him stod awe. ["The Lay of Havelok the Dane," c.1300]

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  • c.1300, from awe (n.); Old English had egan (v.). Related: Awed; awing.

awe meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) Dread; great fear mingled with value.

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  • (letter.) The emotion inspired by anything dreadful and sublime; an undefined feeling of the dreadful additionally the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn question; powerful reverence.
  • (v. t.) To strike with fear and reverence; to motivate with awe; to control by inspiring fear.

Sentence Examples with the word awe

Yet his power of touching the springs of tragic awe and horror is a genuine poetical gift, of the same kind as that which is displayed by some of the early English dramatists.

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