Definition of awful
- awful food
- awful behavior
- an awful experience
- an awful lot of money
- … the presence of Nature in all her awful loveliness.
- —George Eliot
They heard the most awful sounds.
Awful things began to happen.
He has some awful disease.
That joke is just awful.
That's an awful thing to say.
Who painted the house that awful color?
The mountains have an awful majesty.
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abhorrent, abominable, appalling, disgusting, distasteful, dreadful, evil, foul, fulsome, gross, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, loathsome, nasty, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, noxious, obnoxious, obscene, odious, offensive, rancid, repellent (also repellant), repugnant, repulsive, revolting, scandalous, shocking, sickening, ugly;
acceptable, agreeable, alluring, appealing, attractive, blessed (also blest), desirable, enjoyable, felicitous, gratifying, heavenly, inviting, likable (or likeable), luscious, nice, palatable, pleasant, pleasing, pleasurable, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, welcome;
We haven't heard from him in an awful long time.
You've come an awful long way.
achingly, almighty, archly, awfully, badly, beastly, blisteringly, bone, colossally, dang, deadly, desperately, eminently, enormously, especially, ever, exceedingly (also exceeding), extra, extremely, fabulously, fantastically, far, fiercely, filthy, frightfully, full, greatly, heavily, highly, hugely, immensely, incredibly, intensely, jolly, majorly, mightily, mighty, mortally, most, much, particularly, passing, real, really, right, roaring, seriously, severely, so, sore, sorely, spanking, specially, such, super, supremely, surpassingly, terribly, that, thumping, too, uncommonly, vastly, very, vitally, way, whacking, wicked, wildly;
a lot, as all get-out, good and;
: extremely bad or unpleasant
: causing feelings of fear and wonder
: very or extremely
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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