verb (used with object), awed, aw·ing.
Origin of awe
Synonyms for awe
Antonyms for awe
Related Words for awesadmiration, dread, apprehension, horror, shock, esteem, astonishment, reverence, terror, consternation, wonderment, wonder, dazzle, intimidate, frighten, alarm, stupefy, impress, startle, astonish
Examples from the Web for awes
Historical Examples of awes
But the sight, though it awes us, does not depress us or deter us.The Heart of Nature
Surely it can't be merely his habit;——there's something in him that awes me.The Belle's Stratagem
Hence, while the one pleases, the other awes and subdues us.
Then comes the dark cell, an experience which awes the boldest.Nevermore
The majesty of Night is so contagious, it awes, it inspires.Vendetta
Honore de Balzac
Word Origin for awe
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.