Meaning of 'awful'

Find the meaning of the word ‘awful’

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Meaning of ‘awful’

7 definitions found.



used as intensifiers

Synonyms: very


causing fear or dread or terror

Example: "the awful war"

Synonyms: fearful dire direful dread dreaded dreadful fearsome frightening horrendous horrific terrible


exceptionally bad or displeasing

Synonyms: dreadful terrible atrocious painful unspeakable abominable


inspiring awe or admiration or wonder

Synonyms: amazing awe-inspiring awesome awing


offensive or even malicious

Example: "This comic's new act is awful!"

Synonyms: nasty


extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact

Synonyms: terrible frightful tremendous


inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence

Synonyms: awed

Source: WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University

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