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Meaning of awful

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      adv 1: used as intensifiers; "terribly interesting"; "I'm awful
             sorry" [syn: {terribly}, {awfully}, {awful},
      adj 1: 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" [syn: {atrocious}, {abominable}, {awful},
             {dreadful}, {painful}, {terrible}, {unspeakable}]
      2: 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"; "a fearful howling"; "horrendous explosions
         shook the city"; "a terrible curse" [syn: {awful}, {dire},
         {direful}, {dread(a)}, {dreaded}, {dreadful}, {fearful},
         {fearsome}, {frightening}, {horrendous}, {horrific},
      3: 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 [syn: {nasty}, {awful}] [ant: {nice}]
      4: inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence;
         "awed by the silence"; "awful worshippers with bowed heads"
         [syn: {awed}, {awful}]
      5: extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact; "in a
         frightful hurry"; "spent a frightful amount of money" [syn:
         {frightful}, {terrible}, {awful}, {tremendous}]
      6: 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; "Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so
         vast, so high, so silent" [syn: {amazing}, {awe-inspiring},
         {awesome}, {awful}, {awing}]

Source : WordNet ® Princeton University. 2010.

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