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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 Never on the singular awesomeness of Cincinnati chili itself. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, "Meet The Enquirer's Dan Horn: He hates Cincinnati chili," 16 Apr. 2021 These are tragic epics, and that’s the source of their awesomeness. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, "My Heart Belongs to the MonsterVerse," 7 Apr. 2021 There’s a lot of awesomeness under one roof at the Cabuya Villa with six bedrooms and an infinity edge pool that spills onto a secluded beach. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "These Caribbean hotel villas let you social distance in a luxurious island setting," 14 Nov. 2020 Present her with an official proclamation of awesomeness. Rachel Barrett, Country Living, "These Cheeky "Do Not Disturb" Door Hangers Will Win Mother's Day," 4 May 2020 The same tweak-for-60fps awesomeness goes for other PC games on GeForce Now that console owners are stuck playing at 30fps, including Destiny 2 and No Man's Sky. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "RIP Stadia? Nvidia’s newly launched cloud-gaming service is (mostly) a stunner," 4 Feb. 2020 This is 45 minutes of awesomeness with Triple H getting the win simply because his body failed him a second later than Austin’s did. cleveland, "100 greatest wrestling matches to watch over WrestleMania weekend," 3 Apr. 2020 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

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1648, in the meaning defined above

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“Awesomeness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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