[ aw ]
/ ɔ /
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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.
verb (used with object), awed, aw·ing.
to inspire with awe.
to influence or restrain by awe.
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Origin of awe
1250–1300; Middle English aghe, awe<Scandinavian; compare Old Norse agi fear, cognate with Gothic agis,Old English ege,Greek áchos pain
OTHER WORDS FROM aweoutawe, verb (used with object), out·awed, out·aw·ing.
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How to use awe in a sentence
The delicacy of your highly cultivated mind awes even the violent passion which you inspire.
It dares not whimper when that forbids, and the nod of a prince awes it into silence and submission.
I could stop and look at a little wayside stream for hours; and a pool—I never tire of it, though it awes me when I am alone.
The majesty of Francis I. no longer awes him as before, he becomes familiar with the object of his reverence.
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
Derived forms of aweaweless or US awless, adjective
Word Origin for awe
C13: from Old Norse agi; related to Gothic agis fear, Greek akhesthai to be grieved
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