- Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene.
- Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive.
- Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken.
- worshipful, Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
- frightful, Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster.
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