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.
Archaic. power to inspire fear or reverence.
Obsolete. fear or dread.
to inspire with awe.
to influence or restrain by awe.
- outawe, verb (used with object), out·awed, out·aw·ing.
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How to use awe in a sentence
These paths inspire awe because the labor required to construct them is almost unfathomable.
I stand in awe of what these women have witnessed and endured, given to the world and left as their legacies.In ‘Just as I Am,’ actress Cicely Tyson reflects on 96 years of a life well lived | Tre'vell Anderson | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
When he jogged back downcourt, he did so open-mouthed — in mock awe of himself.John Wall gets the best of the Wizards in their first game on opposite sides | Ava Wallace | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
If you’ve been to the Capitol even once, you remember the awe that you felt when you entered the building.Storming of the Capitol should give you nightmares | Kathi Wolfe | January 14, 2021 | Washington Blade
Doyle consistently strikes just the right tone of awe and reverence for his subjects.
The shared feelings, the bubbling emotion, the awe: she became an experience.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year | Kevin Fallon | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
John Luther Adams lives up to the title of his composition, capturing an oceanic torrent of sound in an awe-inspiring performance.
In the art world, sex can be the ultimate attention-grabber, one of the best forms of shock and awe.
He was in awe of Tel Aviv, a gay-friendly city with Pride parades rivaling those in Berlin and Amsterdam.
I watched in awe as he virtually caromed off the walls of the classrooms and hallways.Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve's Epic Friendship and the Greatest Williams Story Ever Told | Marlow Stern | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Struck with surprise, the dead silence of profound awe, for an instant stilled the whole assembly.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
It was very unfortunate that the whole establishment stood in unaffected awe of the redoubted Mr Bellamy.
awe stole upon him; he felt himself included in the great ideal of this older day.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
The bishop answered, that the awe of seeing before him so great and wise a prince made him afraid to trust himself.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Ye told me that he only kepit twa sairvents: a cook, hoosekeper, who lived awe', an' a man—a foreigner?Dope | Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for awe
overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread
archaic power to inspire fear or reverence
(tr) to inspire with reverence or dread
- aweless or US awless, adjective
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