awe·​some·​ness | \ ˈȯ-səm-nəs How to pronounce awesomeness (audio) \

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 Now, Ama Sushi, opening July 29 in Rosewood Miramar Beach, is translating the awesomeness of that ancient tradition to diners on California’s Central Coast. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 29 July 2022 As my mind wanders and contemplates the awesomeness of the environment, my local mountain guide, Marco Maganzini, snaps me out of my reverie with another story of year-round derring do that unwittingly answers my question. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 19 May 2022 There’s a splash of Birmingham awesomeness in there too, with Emmylou Harris, Waxahatchee and St. Paul & The Broken Bones. Matt Wake |, al, 12 May 2022 But nothing prepared me for the sheer awesomeness of the show’s first trailer. Erik Kain, Forbes, 26 May 2022 Special for The Republic Immersion into the assorted levels of awesomeness of the Sonoran Desert is as easy as stepping off the pavement and into the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2022 Piping hot crispy golden planks of potato awesomeness. Matt Wake |, al, 3 Jan. 2022 The moments that have to deliver, to knock you out with their awesomeness, instead just hang there. Kyle Smith, National Review, 7 Oct. 2021 And Krause loves that everyone on TikTok finally knows about her grandma’s awesomeness. Charles Runnells, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of awesomeness

1648, in the meaning defined above

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“Awesomeness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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