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[aw-suh m] /ˈɔ səm/
causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear:
an awesome sight.
exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.
Slang. very impressive:
That new white convertible is totally awesome.
Origin of awesome
First recorded in 1590-1600; awe + -some1
Related forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Can be confused
awful, awesome, offal.
Usage note
See awful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


inspiring or displaying awe
(slang) excellent or outstanding
Derived Forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for awesomeness



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



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


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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