noun \ˈ\

: a strong feeling of fear or respect and also wonder

Full Definition of AWE

:  an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime <stood in awe of the king> <regard nature's wonders with awe>
a :  dread, terror
b :  the power to inspire dread

Examples of AWE

  1. It was a sight that filled me with awe and reverence.
  2. a person who inspires feelings of awe in others
  3. Clem gasped in awe. Inches from the shelf stood a column of scrimshaw the likes of which he'd never seen. —Al Michaud, Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 2005

Origin of AWE

Middle English, from Old Norse agi; akin to Old English ege awe, Greek achos pain
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with AWE


verb \ˈ\

: to fill (someone) with awe


Full Definition of AWE

transitive verb
:  to inspire or fill with awe <we were awed by the beauty of the mountains>

Examples of AWE

  1. Her style both awes and perplexes me.
  2. We stood at an impasse. If she thought she was getting my bags, she was nuts. I was still awed that they had actually made it through baggage claim in one piece; there was no way I was parting with them now. —Helene Cooper, The House At Sugar Beach, (2008) 2009

Origin of AWE

(see 1awe)
First Known Use: 13th century


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