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English Dictionary: awful by the DICT Development Group
2 results for awful
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. used as intensifiers; "terribly interesting"; "I'm awful sorry"
    Synonym(s): terribly, awfully, awful, frightfully
  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"
    Synonym(s): atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): awful, dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible
  3. 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
    Synonym(s): nasty, awful
    Antonym(s): nice
  4. inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads"
    Synonym(s): awed, awful
  5. extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money"
    Synonym(s): frightful, terrible, awful, tremendous
  6. 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"
    Synonym(s): amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awful, awing
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Awful \Aw"ful\, a.
      1. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as,
            an awful scene. [bd]The hour of Nature's awful throes.[b8]
      2. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with
            fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear;
            profoundly impressive.
                     Heaven's awful Monarch.                     --Milton.
      3. Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken. [Obs.]
                     A weak and awful reverence for antiquity. --I.
      4. Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding. [Obs.]
                     Thrust from the company of awful men. --Shak.
      5. Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; -- applied intensively;
            as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster. [Slang]
      Syn: See {Frightful}.
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