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Pronunciation: /ɔː

Definition of awe in English:


[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.
wonder, wonderment, amazement, astonishment;
admiration, reverence, veneration, respect;
dread, terror, fear
revere, 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.


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Inspire with awe: they were both awed by the vastness of the forest
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  • 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.
filled with wonder, wonderstruck, awestruck, amazed, filled with amazement, astonished, filled with astonishment, lost for words, open-mouthed;
terrified, afraid, fearful


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


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.

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