awe·some·ness | \ ˈȯ-səm-nəs \

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

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The impact of the statement was probably not helped by the video's creative use of slow motion, which showed the full awesomeness of the watermelon’s demolition -- perhaps even encouraging thrill seekers to emulate the stunt. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Los Angeles mayor's fireworks warning proves lethal -- to a watermelon, anyway," 4 July 2018 Indeed, bask in the awesomeness: This year's draft holds more weight for those of us in Louisville, as the Cardinals are expected to have two players selected in Thursday night's first round. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Morning Coffee: Wild – but possible – scenarios for Jackson and Alexander on NFL draft day," 26 Apr. 2018 Unleash your inner basic, because the PSL has reached new heights of awesomeness. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Don't Panic, But ASOS is Selling a Pumpkin Spice Latte Face Mask," 27 Nov. 2017 To cheer on Leslie and celebrate her awesomeness, the store's offering 50 percent off the pattern on Ravelry with discount code Jeopardy! during checkout, now through June 10. Mary Mooney,, "Local knitter competes on 'Jeopardy!' and rocks a Rose City Yarn Crawl shawl," 5 June 2018 But this slightly gross disk of slime is also a wonderfully magical mass of bacteria and yeast that turns plain old tea and sugar into a fizzy, fermented sip of awesomeness loaded with antioxidants, B vitamins, and probiotics. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "How To Finally Learn To Make Your Own Delicious Kombucha," 16 Jan. 2018 Make dating one small part of your life, like one-tenth of it, and devote the rest of it to your own awesomeness. Anna Pulley, RedEye Chicago, "Ask Anna: How do I get back in the dating game?," 5 Sep. 2017 More drone awesomeness Delivery drivers beware: the skies are about to be filled with package-delivering drones. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inside the Arena Where Drones Battle a Wall of 1,300 Computer Fans," 10 May 2018 Murray, who once threw three cellphones off a hotel roof when the owners wouldn't stop pestering him for photos, is famous for random acts of awesomeness. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Please, Louisville, don't screw up this sweet deal with Bill Murray," 28 Mar. 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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