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awesome

[aw-suh m] /ˈɔ səm/
adjective
1.
causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear:
an awesome sight.
2.
exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.
3.
Slang. very impressive:
That new white convertible is totally awesome.
Origin of awesome
1590-1600
First recorded in 1590-1600; awe + -some1
Related forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Can be confused
awful, awesome, offal.
Usage note
See awful.
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  • There's just no awesomeness to it, no sense of depth or immensity.

    The Dope on Mars John Michael Sharkey
  • It was this awesomeness, this incredibility, that overwhelmed her.

  • Why is there so much emphasis on the awesomeness of Nature on the island?

    Dramatic Technique

    George Pierce Baker
  • Dil did not notice the strain in the eyes, the awesomeness of facing death.

    In Wild Rose Time Amanda M. Douglas
  • You know that is the place because of the awesomeness that comes to you.

    A Melody in Silver Keene Abbott
  • You may know it by the signs of respectability and awesomeness and chaste abundance.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
  • But this was a greater wonder still, because of its awesomeness.

    The Shuttle Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The great silence had nothing of that awesomeness which broods in the mountain calm of wilder solitudes.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • “We did our best,” replied Fitz, with a simple intrepidity which rather spoilt the awesomeness of the situation.

    The Grey Lady Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for awesomeness

awesome

/ˈɔːsəm/
adjective
1.
inspiring or displaying awe
2.
(slang) excellent or outstanding
Derived Forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for awesomeness

awesome

adj.

1590s, "profoundly reverential," from awe (n.) + -some (1). Meaning "inspiring awe" is from 1670s; weakened colloquial sense of "impressive, very good" is recorded by 1961 and was in vogue from after c.1980. Related: Awesomely; awesomeness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for awesomeness

awesome

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; outstanding; cool, neat (Teenagers)

interjection

Excellent! Great!: You fixed it? Awesome!

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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