Definition of Awful

1. Adjective. Exceptionally bad or displeasing. "An unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"

Exact synonyms: Abominable, Atrocious, Dreadful, Painful, Terrible, Unspeakable
Similar to: Bad
Derivative terms: Awfulness, Dreadfulness, Terribleness



2. Adverb. Used as intensifiers. "I'm awful sorry"
Exact synonyms: Awfully, Frightfully, Terribly
Language type: Colloquialism

3. Adjective. Causing fear or dread or terror. "A terrible curse"

4. Adjective. Offensive or even (of persons) malicious. "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"
Exact synonyms: Nasty
Attributes: Nastiness
Similar to: Dirty, Filthy, Lousy, Grotty, Hateful, Mean
Also: Unpleasant
Derivative terms: Awfulness, Nastiness, Nastiness
Antonyms: Nice

5. Adjective. Inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence. "Awful worshippers with bowed heads"
Exact synonyms: Awed
Similar to: Reverent

6. Adjective. Extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact. "Spent a frightful amount of money"
Exact synonyms: Frightful, Terrible, Tremendous
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Extraordinary
Derivative terms: Terribleness

7. Adjective. Inspiring awe or admiration or wonder. "Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent"
Exact synonyms: Amazing, Awe-inspiring, Awesome, Awing
Similar to: Impressive

Definition of Awful

1. a. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene.

Definition of Awful

1. Adjective. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling, terrible. ¹

2. Adjective. (rare) Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly impressive. ¹

3. Adjective. Struck or filled with awe. ¹

4. Adjective. (obsolete) Terror-stricken. ¹

5. Adjective. Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding. ¹

6. Adjective. Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively. ¹

7. Adjective. Very bad. ¹

8. Adverb. (colloquial) Very, extremely; as, an '''awful''' big house. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Awful

1. extremely bad or unpleasant [adj -FULLER, -FULLEST] : AWFULLY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Awful

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awesomely
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awful (current term)
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Literary usage of Awful

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1. The Book of Humorous Verse by Carolyn Wells (1920)
"Nothin' ever seems to suit— The manager's an awful brute; ... Ain't it awful, Mabel? Met a boy last Tuesday night, Was spendin' money left and right— Me, ..."

2. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in by John Pinkerton (1808)
"... of the Harbour—An awful Calamity— Reflexions. The entrance of the harbour is narrow and dangerous, being fenced on each fide by a range of precipices. ..."

3. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1853)
"For “an awful rule” I propose to substitute and lawful rule, as agreeing better with the text ... The words “an awful” are as clearly to my mind and lawful. ..."

4. A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain (1906)
"0 THE awful GERMAN LANGUAGE A little learning makes the whole world kin.— Proverbs xxxii, J. I WENT often to look at the collection of curiosities in ..."

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