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awful

adjective

1 awful

Exceptionally bad or displeasing:
— An awful voice.

synonyms: abominable, atrocious, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable.

Roget 403: silent; still, stilly; noiseless, soundless; hushed etc. v.; mute etc. 581.    soft, solemn, awful, ... show more



2 awful

Causing fear or dread or terror:
— The awful war.
— An awful risk.

synonyms: dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific ... show more.

Roget 860: fearing etc. v.; frightened etc. v.; in fear, in a fright etc. n.; haunted with the fear of etc. n.; afeard.    ... show more

Polish: okropny, straszny

3 awful

Offensive or even (of persons) malicious.

synonym: nasty.

4 awful

Inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence:
— Awful worshippers with bowed heads.

synonym: awed.

5 awful

Extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact.

synonyms: frightful, terrible, tremendous.

6 awful

Inspiring awe or admiration or wonder:
— This sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

synonyms: amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awing.

adverb

1 awful

Used as intensifiers:
— I'm awful sorry.

synonyms: awfully, frightfully, terribly.


Moby thesaurus: Babylonian, Corinthian, abominable, appalling, arrant, astounding, atrocious, august, awe-inspiring, awesome, awfully, awing, bad, baneful, barbaric, base, beastly, beneath contempt, big, bizarre ... show more.

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