American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder inspired by authority, genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might: We felt awe when contemplating the works of Bach. The observers were in awe of the destructive power of the new weapon.
- n. Archaic The power to inspire dread.
- n. Archaic Dread.
- v. To inspire with awe.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Dread; fear, as of something evil.
- n. Fear mingled with admiration or reverence; reverential fear; feeling inspired by something sublime, not necessarily partaking of the nature of fear or dread.
- n. Overawing influence.
- n. Synonyms Reverence, Veneration, etc. See reverence, n.
- To inspire with fear or dread; terrify; control or restrain by the influence of fear.
- To strike with awe, reverence, or respect; influence by exciting profound respect or reverential fear.
- To owe.
- n. One of the float-boards of an undershot water-wheel, on which the water acts.
- n. One of the sails of a windmill.
- n. A feeling of fear and reverence.
- n. A feeling of amazement.
- v. transitive To inspire fear and reverence.
- v. transitive To control by inspiring dread.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Obs. or Obsolescent Dread; great fear mingled with respect.
- n. The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence.
- v. To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread.
- v. inspire awe in
- n. a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
- n. an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
- From Old English eġe, influenced during Middle English by forms from the Old Norse cognate agi, both from Proto-Germanic *agaz. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old Norse agi. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For many decisions about what to eat are not based on a personal sense of awe do plants or animals care if we are in awe of them anyway?”
“The one that just has me in awe, is the Sugared Walnut ...”
“Today the word awe gets thrown around like a dishrag.”
““All these sentiments blend together in the soul,” becoming “a single phenomenon which we call awe” (loc. cit.).”
“Way to go Fox ... at least one station isn't so in "awe" of him that they are not afraid to call him out of certain things.”
“In a preview of the special Comerford, who has been cooking for presidents since the Clinton administration, said the chefs were in "awe" of everything they saw at the White House.”
“Publicly, the Europeans have been following the script – "a good night's kip and then go out there and give it to them," said the normally mild-mannered Ross Fisher, sounding more like Paulie Gualtieri from the Sopranos than Clark Kent – but behind the scenes they have been in awe of the way Montgomerie has comported himself this week.”
“I was in awe of you, thinking you were going to be the next Dylan Thomas!”
“Elsewhere Paul Turner's Newport Gwent Dragons confront Toulouse at Rodney Parade – Turner this week likened it to Preston North End playing Real Madrid, but I bet he's far less in awe than he's letting on and certainly will have a few tricks up his sleeve.”
“I could have walked those rooms for days, gazing in awe at the beauty … but Mason would have none of that!”
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