Definitions for: Awe


[n] an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration; "he stared over the edge with a feeling of awe"
[n] a profound fear inspired by a deity
[v] inspire awe in; "The famous professor awed the undergraduates"



Webster (1913) Definition: Awe ([add]), n. [OE. a[yogh]e, aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin
to AS. ege, [=o]ga, Goth. agis, Dan. ave chastisement, fear,
Gr. 'a`chos pain, distress, from the same root as E. ail.
[root]3. Cf. Ugly.]
1. Dread; great fear mingled with respect. [Obs. or
Obsolescent]

His frown was full of terror, and his voice Shook
the delinquent with such fits of awe. --Cowper.

2. The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an
undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime;
reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence.

There is an awe in mortals' joy, A deep mysterious
fear. --Keble.

To tame the pride of that power which held the
Continent in awe. --Macaulay.

The solitude of the desert, or the loftiness of the
mountain, may fill the mind with awe -- the sense of
our own littleness in some greater presence or
power. --C. J. Smith.

To stand in awe of, to fear greatly; to reverence
profoundly.

Syn: See Reverence.


Awe, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Awed (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Awing.]
To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to
control by inspiring dread.

That same eye whose bend doth awe the world. --Shak.

His solemn and pathetic exhortation awed and melted the
bystanders. --Macaulay.

Synonyms: reverence, veneration

See Also: admiration, affright, cow, fear, fearfulness, fright, fright, frighten, overawe, scare, wonder, wonderment

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