from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To inspire with awe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A feeling of fear and reverence.
- n. A feeling of amazement.
- v. To inspire fear and reverence.
- v. To control by inspiring dread.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. inspire awe in
- n. a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
- n. an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration
Middle English, from Old Norse agi.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English eġe, influenced during Middle English by forms from the Old Norse cognate agi, both from Proto-Germanic *agaz. (Wiktionary)