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awed

[awd] /ɔd/
adjective
1.
filled with or expressing awe.
Origin of awed
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; awe + -ed2
Related forms
awedly
[aw-id-lee, awd-] /ˈɔ ɪd li, ˈɔd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
awedness, noun
unawed, adjective

awe

[aw] /ɔ/
noun
1.
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.
2.
Archaic. power to inspire fear or reverence.
3.
Obsolete. fear or dread.
verb (used with object), awed, awing.
4.
to inspire with awe.
5.
to influence or restrain by awe.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English aghe, awe < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse agi fear, cognate with Gothic agis, Old English ege, Greek áchos pain
Related forms
outawe, verb (used with object), outawed, outawing.
Synonyms
1. wonder, veneration.
Antonyms
1. apathy; contempt.
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  • His very desolation, amidst the unfamiliar faces, awed and chilled him.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Caeri was awed by the noble and fearless manner of the stranger.

    Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
  • And now again she spoke in almost awed tones of my "deepness."

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • The savage and the satyr might have beheld, and been awed into reverence.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Neither spoke for a long time; an awed silence rested on them.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for awed

awe

/ɔː/
noun
1.
overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread
2.
(archaic) power to inspire fear or reverence
verb
3.
(transitive) to inspire with reverence or dread
Derived Forms
aweless, (US) awless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse agi; related to Gothic agis fear, Greek akhesthai to be grieved
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Word Origin and History for awed

awe

n.

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.

awe

v.

c.1300, from awe (n.); Old English had egan (v.). Related: Awed; awing.

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