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Definition of awful:

  1. Frightful; exceedingly bad; great; - applied intensively; as, an awful bonnet; an awful boaster.
  2. Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence, or with fear and admiration; fitted to inspire reverential fear; profoundly impressive.
  3. Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling; terrible; as, an awful scene.
  4. Struck or filled with awe; terror- stricken.
  5. Worshipful; reverential; law- abiding.


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