Webster 1913 Edition
Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible;“The hour of Nature’s awful throes.”
Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive.
Struck or filled with awe; terror-stricken.
A weak and
awfulreverence for antiquity.
Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding.
Thrust from the company of
Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; – applied intensively;
Syn. – See
Webster 1828 Edition
1.That strikes with awe; that fills with profound reverence; as the awful majesty of Jehovah.
2.That fills with terror and dread; as the awful approach of death.
3.Struck with awe; scrupulous.
A weak and awful reverence for antiquity.
Shakespeare uses it for worshipful, inspiring respect by authority or dignity.
Our common people use this word in the sense of frightful, ugly, detestable.