Definition of awe in English:

awe

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Pronunciation: /ɔː
 
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noun

[mass 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
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    • 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
    wonder, wonderment, amazement, astonishment; admiration, reverence, veneration, respect; dread, terror, fearrevere, worship, pay homage to, venerate, adulate, idolize, put on a pedestal, lionize, hero-worship, honour, love, respect
  • 1.1 archaic Capacity to inspire awe: is it any wonder that Christmas Eve has lost its awe?
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    • 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

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Phrases

be (or stand) in awe of

Feel awe for: his staff members are in awe of him
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  • I was very much in awe of him.
  • The rest of the girls sat in awe of our school hero.
  • He said the troops were in awe of the students' courage.

Origin

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

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