Associations to the word «Awful»


AWFUL, adjective. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling, terrible.
AWFUL, adjective. (now rare) Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly impressive.
AWFUL, adjective. Struck or filled with awe.
AWFUL, adjective. (obsolete) Terror-stricken.
AWFUL, adjective. Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
AWFUL, adjective. Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively.
AWFUL, adjective. Very bad.
AWFUL, adverb. (colloquial) Very, extremely; as, an awful big house.

Dictionary definition

AWFUL, adverb. Used as intensifiers; "terribly interesting"; "I'm awful sorry".
AWFUL, adjective. 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".
AWFUL, adjective. 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".
AWFUL, 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.
AWFUL, adjective. Inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads".
AWFUL, adjective. Extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money".
AWFUL, adjective. 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".

Wise words

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne