1. an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration;
- Example: "he stared over the edge with a feeling of awe"
2. a feeling of profound respect for someone or something;
- Example: "the fear of God"
- Example: "the Chinese reverence for the dead"
- Example: "the French treat food with gentle reverence"
- Example: "his respect for the law bordered on veneration"
[syn: fear, reverence, awe, veneration]
1. inspire awe in;
- Example: "The famous professor awed the undergraduates"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Awe \Awe\ ([add]), n. [OE. a[yogh]e, aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin to AS. ege, [=o]ga, Goth. agis, Dan. ave chastisement, fear, Gr. 'a`chos pain, distress, from the same root as E. ail. [root]3. Cf. Ugly.] 1. Dread; great fear mingled with respect. [Obs. or Obsolescent] [1913 Webster] His frown was full of terror, and his voice Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe. --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 2. The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence. [1913 Webster] There is an awe in mortals' joy, A deep mysterious fear. --Keble. [1913 Webster] To tame the pride of that power which held the Continent in awe. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] The solitude of the desert, or the loftiness of the mountain, may fill the mind with awe -- the sense of our own littleness in some greater presence or power. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster] To stand in awe of, to fear greatly; to reverence profoundly. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Reverence. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Awe \Awe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Awed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Awing.] To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread. [1913 Webster] That same eye whose bend doth awe the world. --Shak. [1913 Webster] His solemn and pathetic exhortation awed and melted the bystanders. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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