To stand in awe of
Awe Awe ([add]), n. [OE. a[yogh]e, aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin to AS. ege, [=o]ga, Goth. agis, Dan. ave chastisement, fear, Gr. 'a`chos pain, distress, from the same root as E. ail. [root]3. Cf. {Ugly}.] 1. Dread; great fear mingled with respect. [Obs. or Obsolescent] [1913 Webster]

His frown was full of terror, and his voice Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

2. The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence. [1913 Webster]

There is an awe in mortals' joy, A deep mysterious fear. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

To tame the pride of that power which held the Continent in awe. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The solitude of the desert, or the loftiness of the mountain, may fill the mind with awe -- the sense of our own littleness in some greater presence or power. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster]

{To stand in awe of}, to fear greatly; to reverence profoundly. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Reverence}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • stand in awe of somebody — be/stand in ˈawe of sb/sth idiom to admire sb/sth and be slightly frightened of them/it • While Diana was in awe of her grandfather, she adored her grandmother. Main entry: ↑aweidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • stand in awe of something — be/stand in ˈawe of sb/sth idiom to admire sb/sth and be slightly frightened of them/it • While Diana was in awe of her grandfather, she adored her grandmother. Main entry: ↑aweidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • stand in awe of — {v. phr.} To look upon with wonder; feel very respectful to. * /Janet always stands in awe of the superintendent./ * /The soldier stood in awe to his officers./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • stand in awe of — {v. phr.} To look upon with wonder; feel very respectful to. * /Janet always stands in awe of the superintendent./ * /The soldier stood in awe to his officers./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • stand\ in\ AWE\ of — v. phr. To look upon with wonder; feel very respectful to. Janet always stands in awe of the superintendent. The soldier stood in awe to his officers …   Словарь американских идиом

  • stand in awe of — look upon with wonder, feel respectful to He stands in awe of the former coach in the football department …   Idioms and examples

  • be in awe of somebody — be/stand in ˈawe of sb/sth idiom to admire sb/sth and be slightly frightened of them/it • While Diana was in awe of her grandfather, she adored her grandmother. Main entry: ↑aweidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • be in awe of something — be/stand in ˈawe of sb/sth idiom to admire sb/sth and be slightly frightened of them/it • While Diana was in awe of her grandfather, she adored her grandmother. Main entry: ↑aweidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Awe — ([add]), n. [OE. a[yogh]e, aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin to AS. ege, [=o]ga, Goth. agis, Dan. ave chastisement, fear, Gr. a chos pain, distress, from the same root as E. ail. [root]3. Cf. {Ugly}.] 1. Dread; great fear mingled with respect. [Obs. or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • awe — I n. 1) to inspire awe in (he inspired awe in everyone) 2) to hold smb. in awe 3) in awe of (to stand in awe of smb.) II v. (D; tr.) to awe into (to awe smb. into silence) * * * [ɔː] > to hold smb. in awe to inspire awe in (he inspired awe in… …   Combinatory dictionary

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