Definition of awesome in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôsəm/


1Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear: the awesome power of the atomic bomb
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  • The awesome majesty and power of these mountains is breathtaking and I look at them every day.
  • One feels so helpless, so small in the face of such awesome power being so recklessly cast about.
  • To take one's own life or to terminate the life of another out of mercy is to exercise the most awesome power imaginable.
breathtaking, awe-inspiring, magnificent, wonderful, amazing, stunning, staggering, imposing, stirring, impressive;
formidable, fearsome, dreaded
literary wondrous
archaic awful
1.1 informal Extremely good; excellent: the band is truly awesome!
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  • I feel honored to be able to help out these excellent people with such an awesome event.
  • This girl can sing - and she did an awesome take on the song with only a few little issues with the notes.
  • Some first impressions - Spotlight is pretty awesome and a positive move in desktop search.



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  • This is a pivotal moment when we should reconsider our posture toward the world and examine the true burdens and obligations of acting like an empire awesomely more powerful than any others and answerable to no one.
  • There are heaps of awesomely funny/sweet/lovely/wonderful/moving picture books that I know adults enjoy and I'd like to share them.
  • However, if future generations are seeking a film that captures the ugly realities of armed conflict then they need look no further than Ridley Scott's awesomely accomplished Black Hawk Down.


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  • A person who can feel neither the solemnity nor the awesomeness of nature lacks in our eyes the necessary sense of his own limitations.
  • Yet his work reflects the artistic canons of Islam in its repetition of line and use of geometric patterns and shapes in varied forms to suggest the awesomeness of the Creator.
  • But it never quite explodes into total awesomeness.


Late 16th century (in the sense 'filled with awe'): from awe + -some1.

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Syllabification: awe·some

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