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[aw-struhk] /ˈɔˌstrʌk/
filled with awe.
Also, awestruck, awe-stricken, awestricken
[aw-strik-uh n] /ˈɔˌstrɪk ən/ (Show IPA)
Origin of awe-struck
First recorded in 1625-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They were immensely excited, not at all awestricken, entirely friendly.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • “Yes; that was what woke me, Ned,” said Jack in an awestricken whisper.

    Jack at Sea George Manville Fenn
  • He encountered the abashed and awestricken Kipps with the praises of his system and himself.

    Kipps H. G. Wells
  • As the awestricken eyes of the terrified child fell on the mass of stone and bronze the sight smote him breathless.

  • He was sure now that he liked this new acquaintance; she seemed pleasantly to be awestricken.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde Stewart Edward White
  • She put the lamp there, and stole one awestricken glance at the furious conflict raging on both sides of the lower landing.

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • Exultingly he called forth his vassals, and the work of opening the umbrella began in the presence of an awestricken multitude.

    Out of the Hurly-Burly

    Charles Heber Clark
  • She was temporarily tongue-tied, awestricken, full of a strange superstitious horror.

    The Devil's Garden

    W. B. Maxwell
  • Brushing aside the lowest boughs, they stepped in awestricken silence within the dank, chill cone of shade.

  • The company were awestricken at the infinite presumption of the man, and the calm assurance with which he spoke.

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