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 Paired with pro dancer Sasha Farber, Lee showed moments of raw athletic awesomeness — bouncing up from a split with shocking alacrity and giving precise kicks and flicks in her jive. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2021 But the range and charge time means its awesomeness is only relevant to a very specific kind of buyer. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, 6 Aug. 2021 Sending the star of the Biden inauguration to the stars would not only provide us with a memorable passenger, but resolve Bezos’ need to have poetry describe the awesomeness of suborbital space. Steven Levy, Wired, 20 July 2021 While every brand wants to convert audiences into consumers, conveying your own brand’s awesomeness can be challenging. Samantha Reynolds, Forbes, 17 June 2021 The potential of Gunfight’s awesomeness is not being tapped and that’s a huge shame. Erik Kain, Forbes, 3 June 2021 Never on the singular awesomeness of Cincinnati chili itself. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 16 Apr. 2021 These are tragic epics, and that’s the source of their awesomeness. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 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, 14 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of awesomeness

1648, in the meaning defined above

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“Awesomeness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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