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Meaning of AWFUL

Pronunciation:  'oful

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  (informal) used as intensifiers, as in"terribly interesting"; "I'm awful sorry"
  2. [adj]  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"
  3. [adj]  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"
  4. [adj]  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"
  5. [adj]  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
  6. [adj]  inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads"

AWFUL is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: abominable, alarming, amazing, atrocious, awed, awe-inspiring, awesome, awfully, awing, bad, dire, direful, dirty, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, filthy, frightening, frightfully, grotty, hateful, horrendous, horrific, impressive, lousy, mean, nasty, painful, reverent, terrible, terribly, unpleasant, unspeakable
 Antonyms: nice



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Aw"ful\, a.
1. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as,
   an awful scene. ``The hour of Nature's awful throes.''

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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