[ aw-in-spahyuhr-ing ]
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  1. causing awe; spectacular; magnificent: an awe-inspiring cathedral; an awe-inspiring sunset.

Origin of awe-inspiring

First recorded in 1805–15

Words Nearby awe-inspiring Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use awe-inspiring in a sentence

  • For they had not pictured to themselves quite such a tall, grave, rather awe-inspiring personage as he seemed at first.

    Robin Redbreast | Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • "One of Byrnes's men" was a much more awe-inspiring individual to Gallegher than a member of the Cabinet.

    Gallegher and Other Stories | Richard Harding Davis
  • I question whether a spectacle so fantastic and awe-inspiring was ever dealt with, even in the pages of quasi-scientific fiction.

  • Some were bleak and barren, but none the less grand, impressive, and awe-inspiring.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery | Burt L. Standish
  • At length the great man appeared in his awe-inspiring form, clothed in white satin.

British Dictionary definitions for awe-inspiring


  1. causing or worthy of admiration or respect; amazing or magnificent

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