HyperDic: awful

English > 7 senses of the word awful:
ADJECTIVEallawful, atrocious, abominable, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakableexceptionally bad or displeasing
allawful, dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terriblecausing fear or dread or terror
allawful, nastyoffensive or even (of persons) malicious
allawful, awedinspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence
allawful, frightful, terrible, tremendousextreme / extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact
allawful, amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awinginspiring awe or admiration or wonder
ADVERBallawful, terribly, awfully, frightfullyused as intensifiers
awful > pronunciation
Soundsaa'fahl; ao'fahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > awful: 7 senses > adjective 1
Meaningexceptionally bad or displeasing.
Example "an awful voice"
Synonymsatrocious, abominable, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable
BroaderbadHaving undesirable or negative qualities
Spanishabominable, atroz, espantoso, horrendo, horrible, horripilante, horroroso, terrible, tremendo
Catalanabominable, atroç, espantós, horrible, hòrrid, horripilant, horrorós, terrible, tremend
Nounsawfulnessa quality of extreme / extreme unpleasantness
Adverbsawfullyin a terrible manner
English > awful: 7 senses > adjective 2
MeaningCausing fear or dread or terror.
Examples
  • "the awful war"
  • "an awful risk"
Synonymsdire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible
BroaderalarmingFrightening because of an awareness of danger
Spanishalarmante, calamitoso, espantosa, espantoso, fatal, horrendo, horrible, horrorosa, horroroso, pavoroso, sobrecogedor, temible, temido, terrible, tremendo
Catalanalarmant, calamitós, esfereïdor, espantós, esparverador, fatal, horrible, horripilant, horrorós, paorós, temible, terrible
Nounsawfulnessa quality of extreme / extreme unpleasantness
Adverbsawfullyof a dreadful kind
fearfullyin an alarming manner
English > awful: 7 senses > adjective 3
MeaningOffensive or even (of persons) malicious.
Synonymnasty
Attribute ofnastinessThe quality of being unpleasant
Narrowerdirty, filthy, lousyvile
grottyVery unpleasant or offensive
hateful, meanCharacterized by malice
See alsounpleasantDisagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
OppositenicePleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance
Spanishhorrible, repugnante
Nounsawfulnessa quality of extreme / extreme unpleasantness
English > awful: 7 senses > adjective 4
Meaninginspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence.
Example "awful worshippers with bowed heads"
Synonymawed
BroaderreverentFeeling or showing profound respect or veneration
Spanishsobrecogido
English > awful: 7 senses > adjective 5
Meaningextreme / extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact.
Synonymsfrightful, terrible, tremendous
BroaderextraordinaryBeyond what is ordinary or usual / usual
Usage ofcolloquialismA colloquial expression
Catalanterrible
English > awful: 7 senses > adjective 6
Meaninginspiring awe or admiration or wonder.
Example "this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath"- Melville
Synonymsamazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awing
Broaderimpressivemaking a strong or vivid impression
Spanishadmirable, asombroso, impresionante, increíble, sorprendente
Catalanadmirable, fantàstic, impressionant, increïble, sorprenent
English > awful: 7 senses > adverb 1
MeaningUsed as intensifiers.
Example "I'm awful sorry"
Synonymsterribly, awfully, frightfully
Usage ofcolloquialismA colloquial expression
Spanishterriblemente

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