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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

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The traditional house bun is swapped out for two, thick buttery slices of Texas toast, adding an extra layer of awesomeness to this special offering. Chuck Blount,, "52 Weeks of Burgers: Charlie Brown’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill," 28 June 2019 There was plenty of awesomeness to go around on this Father's Day. Tim Dahlberg,, "‘You got this!’ The story behind Amy and the U.S. Open champion," 17 June 2019 There was plenty of awesomeness to go around on this Father’s Day. Tim Dahlberg, The Denver Post, "Dahlberg: You got this! Amy and U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland," 17 June 2019 In Haddon’s telling, this peripatetic prince is Odysseus, Robin Hood and MacGyver rolled into one tower of awesomeness: a humble, troubled superhero whom every heartthrob in Hollywood should be lining up to play. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Mark Haddon’s ‘The Porpoise’ sounds like homework. It’s actually fantastic.," 11 June 2019 The song itself is all about loving yourself and embracing your awesomeness: a major departure from the darker songs on Reputation. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift’s “Me!” Music Video Reimagined Her “Reputation” Era Snake," 26 Apr. 2019 And since a woman's body clearly goes through a lot when giving birth, the singer — who probably deserved at least another week of solid recovery time — deserves all the praise-hands emojis for pulling off this parenting awesomeness. Elyse Roth, Redbook, "Ciara and Russell Wilson Just Threw the Birthday Bash of Every Kid's Dreams," 24 May 2017 In the same world where that video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing is actually a political scandal I would be executed in the center of town for many old instant messenger conversations about the awesomeness of Dave Matthews Band. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Leaked College Dancing Video Has the Internet Obsessed," 4 Jan. 2019 And awesome women are showing us the way, empowering us to broadcast our own awesomeness. Andrea Bartz, Good Housekeeping, "Look, I'm a Self-Promoting Woman. And I’m Not Apologizing for It.," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of awesomeness

1850, in the meaning defined above

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