- filled with or expressing awe.
Origin of awed
- 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.
Origin of awe
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Examples from the Web for awed
I am awed by the resilience of these people whose sexual identities are literally a matter of life and death.Out and Proud in El Salvador’s Murderous Gangland
July 13, 2014
The couple appeared so awed by the rock that it left them feeling somewhat speechless.Will and Kate Recall Charles and Di At Ayer's Rock
April 22, 2014
I see how hard it is and I see how amazing it is, and I am awed by my friends' parenting skills.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Cronkite the correspondent may have been awed, but Cronkite the human being knew enough not to get too close.The Story of the American Journalists Who Landed on D-Day
Timothy M. Gay
June 6, 2012
Iran was awed by the majesty of the Shahanshah, the king of kings, and thought it was at the zenith of greatness.Use Islam to End the Iranian Regime
June 24, 2009
His very desolation, amidst the unfamiliar faces, awed and chilled him.Night and Morning, Complete
Caeri was awed by the noble and fearless manner of the stranger.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
And now again she spoke in almost awed tones of my "deepness."Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The savage and the satyr might have beheld, and been awed into reverence.Imogen
Neither spoke for a long time; an awed silence rested on them.The Downfall
- overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread
- archaic power to inspire fear or reverence
- (tr) to inspire with reverence or dread
Word Origin and History for awed
c.1300, earlier aghe, c.1200, from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse agi "fright;" from Proto-Germanic *agiz- (cf. Old English ege "fear," Old High German agiso "fright, terror," Gothic agis "fear, anguish"), from PIE *agh-es- (cf. Greek akhos "pain, grief"), from root *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid" (see ail). Current sense of "dread mixed with veneration" is due to biblical use with reference to the Supreme Being. Awe-inspiring is recorded from 1814.