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

2. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive. [1913 Webster]

Heaven's awful Monarch. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

A weak and awful reverence for antiquity. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

4. Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Thrust from the company of awful men. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; -- applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster. [Slang] [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Frightful}. [1913 Webster]


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