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Meaning & Definition of Awful in English

English

Awful

/ɑfəl/

adjective

1. Exceptionally bad or displeasing

  • "Atrocious taste"
  • "Abominable workmanship"
  • "An awful voice"
  • "Dreadful manners"
  • "A painful performance"
  • "Terrible handwriting"
  • "An unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
    synonym:
  • atrocious
  • ,
  • abominable
  • ,
  • awful
  • ,
  • dreadful
  • ,
  • painful
  • ,
  • terrible
  • ,
  • unspeakable

2. Causing fear or dread or terror

  • "The awful war"
  • "An awful risk"
  • "Dire news"
  • "A career or vengeance so direful that london was shocked"
  • "The dread presence of the headmaster"
  • "Polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"
  • "A dreadful storm"
  • "A fearful howling"
  • "Horrendous explosions shook the city"
  • "A terrible curse"
    synonym:
  • awful
  • ,
  • dire
  • ,
  • direful
  • ,
  • dread(a)
  • ,
  • dreaded
  • ,
  • dreadful
  • ,
  • fearful
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  • fearsome
  • ,
  • frightening
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  • horrendous
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  • horrific
  • ,
  • terrible

3. Offensive or even (of persons) malicious

  • "In a nasty mood"
  • "A nasty accident"
  • "A nasty shock"
  • "A nasty smell"
  • "A nasty trick to pull"
  • "Will he say nasty things at my funeral?"- ezra pound
    synonym:
  • nasty
  • ,
  • awful

4. Inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence

  • "Awed by the silence"
  • "Awful worshippers with bowed heads"
    synonym:
  • awed
  • ,
  • awful

5. Extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact

  • "In a frightful hurry"
  • "Spent a frightful amount of money"
    synonym:
  • frightful
  • ,
  • terrible
  • ,
  • awful
  • ,
  • tremendous

6. Inspiring awe or admiration or wonder

  • "New york is an amazing city"
  • "The grand canyon is an awe-inspiring sight"
  • "The awesome complexity of the universe"
  • "This sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath"- melville
  • "Westminster hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent"
    synonym:
  • amazing
  • ,
  • awe-inspiring
  • ,
  • awesome
  • ,
  • awful
  • ,
  • awing

adverb

1. Used as intensifiers

  • "Terribly interesting"
  • "I'm awful sorry"
    synonym:
  • terribly
  • ,
  • awfully
  • ,
  • awful
  • ,
  • frightfully

Examples of using

An awful accident happened yesterday.
You're awful at keeping secrets.
The local restaurant is awful.