Simple Definition of awesome
: causing feelings of fear and wonder : causing feelings of awe
: extremely good
Examples of awesome in a sentence
the awesome sight of an erupting volcano
It was an awesome responsibility.
We had an awesome task ahead of us.
We had an awesome time at the concert.
You did an awesome job on that project.
The movie was totally awesome.
Is the Word awesome Overused?
Many object to the use of awesome to describe something (such as a sandwich) that does not literally elicit feelings of awe. Yet the same people who insist that awesome should be used only of weighty subjects (Niagara Falls, man landing on the moon) will happily use the word awful in reference to something (such as a mess) that falls distinctly short of being “full of awe.” This weakened sense was once considered improper – in fact, complaints about it persisted through the early decades of the 20th century.
The change in meaning that awesome is undergoing may be more recent than that of awful, but both words are treading the same path. For evidence that such change is normal, we need look no further than awe, which originally meant “terror” and now carries the weaker sense “wonder.”
First Known Use of awesome
AWESOME Defined for Kids
Definition of awesome for Students
1 : causing a feeling of respect, fear, and wonder <an awesome view of the canyon> <He … tried not to think of the awesome task that lay ahead of him. — Louis Sachar, Holes>
2 : extremely good <He made an awesome catch.>
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