awed, awful

(adjective) inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; “awed by the silence”; “awful worshippers with bowed heads”

awed, awestruck, awestricken

(adjective) having or showing a feeling of mixed reverence and respect and wonder and dread; “stood in awed silence before the shrine”; “in grim despair and awestruck wonder”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



simple past tense and past participle of awe


awed (comparative more awed, superlative most awed)

Filled with awe.

Having or showing awe.


• (filled with awe): thunderstruck; awestruck, awestricken


• Dawe, Dewa, Wade, wade

Source: Wiktionary


Awe, n. Etym: [OE. a, aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin to AS. ege, , Goth. agis, Dan. ave chastisement, fear, Gr. ail. Ugly.]

1. Dread; great fear mingled with respect. [Obs. or Obsolescent] His frown was full of terror, and his voice Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe. Cowper.

2. The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence. There is an awe in mortals' joy, A deep mysterious fear. Keble. To tame the pride of that power which held the Continent in awe. Macaulay. The solitude of the desert, or the loftiness of the mountain, may fill the mind with awe -- the sense of our own littleness in some greater presence or power. C. J. Smith. To stand in awe of, to fear greatly; to reverence profoundly.


– See Reverence.

Awe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Awed (p. pr. & vb. n. Awing.]

Definition: To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread. That same eye whose bend doth awe the world. Shak. His solemn and pathetic exhortation awed and melted the bystanders. Macaulay.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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