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  1. filled with awe.
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Also awe·struck, awe-strick·en, awe·strick·en [aw-strik-uh n] /ˈɔˌstrɪk ən/.

Origin of awe-struck

First recorded in 1625–35
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  • I did not need the awestruck whispers round me to tell me what it was.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • "I understand it all now," he exclaimed, with awestruck dismay.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • An air of awestruck expectation had replaced their usual listless apathy.

    A Set of Six

    Joseph Conrad

  • Awestruck yowls from above indicated that Prue was in hot water.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • "Aye, you may well look," he cried to the awestruck worshippers.

    St. Cuthbert's

    Robert E. Knowles

British Dictionary definitions for awestruck



  1. overcome or filled with awe
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for awestruck


1630s, "overwhelmed by reverential fear," from awe (n.) + struck (see strike (v.)).

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