Definitions

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  • n. The quality of striking with awe, or with reverence; dreadfulness; solemnity; as, the awfulness of this sacred place.
  • n. The state of being struck with awe; a spirit of solemnity; profound reverence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of striking with awe, or with reverence; dreadfulness; solemnity.
  • n. The state of being struck with awe; a spirit of solemnity; profound reverence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being awful, or of striking or inspiring with awe, fear, or horror; impressive solemnity or sublimity; dreadfulness; terribleness: as, the awfulness of the sacred place, or of a casualty.
  • n. The state of being full of or inspired with awe; reverence; awe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quality of extreme unpleasantness

Etymologies

awful +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

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