- awe + struck (Wiktionary)
“For truly positive experiences, "awestruck" is my favorite.”
“He wrote heartfelt petrarchan sonnets extolling his employers, and in 1551 wrote awestruck from the reconquered Pisa, while painting the ducal children: "I am continually with these most saintly sovereigns, and I rejoice in the blessed sweetness of so good and benign a prince.”
“Stanley Matthews had his "bodyswerve", of course, a mysterious action that was always talked of in awestruck tones but never truly explained – the football equivalent of transubstantiation.”
“Two," he said, in awestruck tones; "there never was such a nipper!”
“And Miss Tabitha, who really was not very deaf when she set herself to hear, nodded in awestruck silence.”
“There was a pause, and then I asked, in awestruck tones, "Will the angels fetch papa, do you think?”
“Today, she's proud of her daughter and is "awestruck" when she's at one of her premieres.”
“Dr Chris Beard, curator of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, was "awestruck" by the publicity machine but concerned that if the hype was exaggerated, it could damage the popularisation of science if the creature was not all that it was hyped up to be.”
“Finnegan howled and spluttered in inebriate rage, then sank back in his seat and stared up at Arabella with a kind of awestruck respect.”
“‘“This is where I was prisoner for three days,” he murmured to me (it was on the occasion of our visit to the Rajah), while we were making our way slowly through a kind of awestruck riot of dependants across Tunku Allang’s courtyard.”
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