What does awful mean?

awful meaning in General Dictionary

Oppressing with anxiety or horror appalling terrible as a horrible scene

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  • utilized as intensifiers
  • severe in level or degree or amount or effect
  • influenced by a feeling of scared wonderment or reverence
  • unpleasant if not (of persons) malicious
  • inspiring awe or admiration or question
  • exceptionally bad or displeasing
  • causing concern or fear or horror
  • Oppressing with anxiety or scary; appalling; awful; because, an awful scene.
  • Inspiring awe; completing with profound reverence, or with worry and admiration; fitted to motivate reverential anxiety; profoundly impressive.
  • Struck or filled up with awe; terror-stricken.
  • Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
  • Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; -- used intensively; as, a terrible bonnet; a horrible boaster.

awful meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, agheful "worthy of respect or concern," from aghe, a youthful kind of awe (n.), + -ful. The Old English term was egefull. Weakened feeling "very bad" is from 1809; damaged feeling of "exceedingly" is through 1818.


awful meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Oppressing with worry or horror; appalling; awful; since, a terrible scene.

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  • (a.) Inspiring awe; completing with profound reverence, or with anxiety and admiration; suited to motivate reverential fear; profoundly impressive.
  • (a.) Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken.
  • (a.) Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
  • (a.) Frightful; extremely bad; great; -- used intensively; as, a terrible bonnet; a horrible boaster.

Sentence Examples with the word awful

For a moment her heart leapt, fearful their light had died permanently, trapping them in this awful place.

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