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Related / Similar Words: dire, direful, dread(a), dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible, atrocious, abominable, painful, unspeakable, amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awing, nasty, awed, terribly, awfully, frightfully

 

Definition:
  • 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"; ";
  • 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";
  • 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; "We;
  • 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;
  • inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence; "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads";
  • used as intensifiers; "terribly interesting"; "I''m awful sorry";

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    See Also: unpleasant

     

    Attributes: nastiness

     

     
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