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Definition of awesomeness

: an awesome quality, character, or nature: such as
a : a quality that inspires awe grasping the awesomeness of her responsibilities … against the southern stars she saw a human form that isolated and lone appeared to her immense: the shape of a giant outlined amongst the constellations. As it approached her it shrank to common proportions … lost its awesomeness, and became menacing in its ominous and silent advance.— Joseph Conrad What seems to be missing, instead, is a large enough screen to show the awesomeness of the open skies and a large enough budget to show the awesomeness of aerial combat.— Norman Cousins
b informal : an extremely or amazingly good or impressive quality … is only 19—a girl given to bursting into the theme song from The Wonder Years during conversations and rhapsodizing about … the "awesomeness" of brown sugar …— Matt Tyrnauer The rapper's followup to 2016 critical darling and commercial smash-hit, To Pimp A Butterfly, consists of 14 tracks of pure Kendrick awesomeness.— Carolyn L. Todd "I did want to congratulate you all on this phenomenal new development. I think it's a crucial new step for the Circle and will mean a great deal to our overall awesomeness."— Dave Eggers

Examples of awesomeness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How to balance awesomeness and relatability, the chief currency to a digital audience. Washington Post, "Janet Jackson hired her as a backup dancer. Instagram made her a star.," 18 Oct. 2019 Translating the metro’s three-dimensional awesomeness into two-dimensional images proved tricky. Laura Mallonee, Wired, "Stockholm's Subway Network is the World's Longest Art Walk," 12 Apr. 2020 The only way to expunge the bad luck from Friday the 13th is to indulge all weekend in delicious-coated awesomeness washed down with a tasty adult beverage or two. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "7 super Bay Area things to do this weekend, Sept. 13-15," 13 Sep. 2015 This was supposed to be the year of the unicorn, when a herd of private companies worth billions of dollars would finally go public and let the world in on their awesomeness. Kathleen Pender,, "Lessons from the Unicorn Class of 2019," 7 Dec. 2019 That’s just one manifestation of the awesomeness of comets, the theme of our visual tour this week. Shannon Stirone, Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: 2I/Borisov and Its Comet Buddies," 21 Dec. 2019 There's never a bad time to take in the awesomeness of the Grand Canyon, but most people visit to look *down* into the canyon. Drew Kann, CNN, "Legos help a turtle walk, puppy dog eyes and waves in the sky," 22 June 2019 That, and gross merchandise volume, were put at the top of its earnings press release to ensure investors could see the scale of the company’s awesomeness. Tim Culpan | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "If You Can Explain China’s Pinduoduo, Lunch Is on Me," 14 Mar. 2019 Those experiences, plus just her general empathetic awesomeness, inspired her to write a children’s book called, Just Ask! Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "A Lesson in Leadership From the U.S. Open: raceAhead," 3 Sep. 2019

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1648, in the meaning defined above

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“Awesomeness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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