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[god-aw-fuh l]
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adjective (sometimes lowercase) Informal.
  1. extremely dreadful or shocking: What a God-awful thing to say!
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Origin of God-awful

1875–80; Americanism
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Related Words for godawful

distressing, unsatisfactory, wretched, pitiful, grievous, unfortunate, calamitous, sad, lousy, tragic, dire, woeful, deplorable, grim, scandalous, rotten, heinous, barbaric, awful, shocking

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  • Maybe he was psycho and they didn't notice; they had some godawful asses for psychiatrists in war medicine.

    The Brain

    Alexander Blade

  • He sat there, wearing the headphones, trying to make himself understood above the godawful static.

Word Origin and History for godawful


"terrible," 1878, from God + awful. The God might be an intensifier or the whole might be from the frequent God's awful (vengeance, judgment, etc.) in religious literature.

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