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  1. 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.

  2. Archaic. power to inspire fear or reverence.

  1. Obsolete. fear or dread.

verb (used with object),awed, aw·ing.
  1. to inspire with awe.

  2. to influence or restrain by awe.

Origin of awe

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English aghe, awe, from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse agi “fear,” cognate with Gothic agis, Old English ege, Greek áchos “pain”

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Opposites for awe

Other words from awe

  • outawe, verb (used with object), out·awed, out·aw·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for awe


/ (ɔː) /

  1. overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread

  2. archaic power to inspire fear or reverence

  1. (tr) to inspire with reverence or dread

Origin of awe

C13: from Old Norse agi; related to Gothic agis fear, Greek akhesthai to be grieved

Derived forms of awe

  • aweless or US awless, adjective

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