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Dictionary definition for: Awful

1. (s) 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"

2. (r) used as intensifiers; "terribly interesting" "I''m awful sorry"

3. (s) 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" "

4. (a) 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

5. (s) inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; "awed by the silence" "awful worshippers with bowed heads"

6. (s) 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; "We

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