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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Awful  \Aw"ful\,  a. 
  1.  Oppressing  with  fear  or  horror;  appalling;  terrible;  as 
  an  awful  scene.  ``The  hour  of  Nature's  awful  throes.'' 
  --Hemans. 
 
  2.  Inspiring  awe;  filling  with  profound  reverence,  or  with 
  fear  and  admiration;  fitted  to  inspire  reverential  fear; 
  profoundly  impressive. 
 
  Heaven's  awful  Monarch.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  Struck  or  filled  with  awe;  terror-stricken.  [Obs.] 
 
  A  weak  and  awful  reverence  for  antiquity.  --I. 
  Watts. 
 
  4.  Worshipful;  reverential;  law-abiding.  [Obs.] 
 
  Thrust  from  the  company  of  awful  men.  --Shak. 
 
  5.  Frightful;  exceedingly  bad  great;  --  applied  intensively; 
  as  an  awful  bonnet;  an  awful  boaster.  [Slang] 
 
  Syn:  See  {Frightful}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  awful 
  adj  1:  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"  [syn:  {atrocious},  {abominable},  {dreadful}, 
  {painful},  {terrible},  {unspeakable}] 
  2:  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" 
  [syn:  {dire},  {direful},  {dread(a)},  {dreaded},  {dreadful}, 
  {fearful},  {fearsome},  {frightening},  {horrendous},  {horrific}, 
  {terrible}] 
  3:  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  [syn:  {nasty}]  [ant:  {nice}] 
  4:  inspired  by  a  feeling  of  fearful  wonderment  or  reverence; 
  "awed  by  the  silence";  "awful  worshippers  with  bowed 
  heads"  [syn:  {awed}] 
  5:  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"  [syn:  {amazing},  {awe-inspiring}, 
  {awesome},  {awing}] 
  adv  :  (informal)  used  as  intensifiers,  as  in  "terribly 
  interesting";  "I'm  awful  sorry"  [syn:  {terribly},  {awfully}, 
  {frightfully}] 




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