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awe

Syllabification: awe

Definition of awe in English:

noun

1A feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder: they gazed in awe at the small mountain of diamonds the sight filled me with awe his staff members are in awe of him
More example sentences
  • No doubt they were in awe of her wonderful creation, not that she could blame them.
  • I am thinking of awe, reverence, respect and emotions too deep for words.
  • She wondered what it felt like to have that kind of passion and was in awe of their desire to get the job done.
Synonyms
admiration, reverence, respect, esteem;
dread, fear
1.1 archaic Capacity to inspire awe: is it any wonder that Christmas Eve has lost its awe?
More example sentences
  • The ministry has lost its awe and power.
  • The Metro has lost its awe, and I now feel like a true Muscovite as I monotonously ride the Metro without effort.
  • The Home Run Derby has already lost some of its awe and eventually these new games and contests would grow old and boring as well.

verb

[with object] (usually be awed) Back to top  
Inspire with awe: they were both awed by the vastness of the forest
More example sentences
  • As a struggling artist, this kind of thing inspires me and awes me.
  • He was awed and terrified, and wondered if this wasn't just some horrible dream that he needed to wake up from.
  • Be awed by the untouched vastness of some of the oldest mountains on the planet.
Synonyms
filled with wonder, wonderstruck, awestruck, amazed, astonished, lost for words, open-mouthed;

Origin

Old English ege 'terror, dread, awe', replaced in Middle English by forms related to Old Norse agi.

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