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
The delicacy of your highly cultivated mind awes even the violent passion which you inspire.Camilla | Fanny Burney
It dares not whimper when that forbids, and the nod of a prince awes it into silence and submission.Andrew Marvell | Augustine Birrell
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.Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College, Cambridge | Arthur Christopher Benson
The majesty of Francis I. no longer awes him as before, he becomes familiar with the object of his reverence.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The old graveyard, like the hoary tower, awes the mind and touches the heart.Virginia: The Old Dominion | Frank W. Hutchins and Cortelle Hutchins
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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