adjective satellite exceptionally bad or displeasing
dreadful; atrocious; terrible; unspeakable; abominable; painful.
- atrocious taste
- abominable workmanship
- an awful voice
- dreadful manners
- a painful performance
- terrible handwriting
- an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room
adjective satellite causing fear or dread or terror
dreadful; direful; horrific; fearful; frightening; terrible; dread; dire; horrendous; dreaded; fearsome.
- 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
adjective 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
adjective satellite inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence
- awed by the silence
- awful worshippers with bowed heads
adjective satellite extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
frightful; terrible; tremendous.
- in a frightful hurry
- spent a frightful amount of money
adjective satellite inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
awing; amazing; awe-inspiring; awesome.
- 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
adverb used as intensifiers
terribly; frightfully; awfully.
- terribly interesting
- I'm awful sorry
- Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene. "The hour of Nature's awful throes."
- Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive.
Heaven's awful Monarch.
- Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken. Obs.
A weak and awful reverence for antiquity.
- Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding. Obs.
Thrust from the company of awful men.
- Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; -- applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster. Slang
Syn. -- See Frightful.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."
-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.
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