- an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of God; in awe of great political figures.
- Archaic. power to inspire fear or reverence.
- Obsolete. fear or dread.
- to inspire with awe.
- to influence or restrain by awe.
Origin of awe
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Examples from the Web for awe
The shared feelings, the bubbling emotion, the awe: she became an experience.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
In the art world, sex can be the ultimate attention-grabber, one of the best forms of shock and awe.Sex-Crazed Narcissist Pretends He's an Artist
August 20, 2014
He was in awe of Tel Aviv, a gay-friendly city with Pride parades rivaling those in Berlin and Amsterdam.Gay Palestinians In Israel: The 'Invisible Men'
August 13, 2014
I watched in awe as he virtually caromed off the walls of the classrooms and hallways.Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve's Epic Friendship and the Greatest Williams Story Ever Told
August 12, 2014
As usual, I spent most of my time in awe of my fellow cosplaying women.Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman
July 28, 2014
With an undefined feeling of awe, she looked in the countenance of her friend.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
"Heads for her, tails for me," he said, with some awe in his tone.
You did not like to look at it, and you could not meet it without unpleasantness and awe.
Besides, she did not stand in awe of Gilder, as did the others in his service.Within the Law
With all his masterfulness he was very considerably in awe of Miss Allis.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread
- archaic power to inspire fear or reverence
- (tr) to inspire with reverence or dread
Word Origin and History for awe
c.1300, earlier aghe, c.1200, from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse agi "fright;" from Proto-Germanic *agiz- (cf. Old English ege "fear," Old High German agiso "fright, terror," Gothic agis "fear, anguish"), from PIE *agh-es- (cf. Greek akhos "pain, grief"), from root *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid" (see ail). Current sense of "dread mixed with veneration" is due to biblical use with reference to the Supreme Being. Awe-inspiring is recorded from 1814.