English adjective: awful
|1.||awful exceptionally bad or displeasing|
An awful voice.
A painful performance.
An unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room.
|Synonyms||abominable, atrocious, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakable|
|2.||awful causing fear or dread or terror|
|Samples||The awful war.|
An awful risk.
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.
|Synonyms||dire, direful, dread, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible|
|3.||awful offensive or even (of persons) malicious|
|Samples||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?.
|Similar||dirty, filthy, grotty, hateful, lousy, mean|
|4.||awful inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence|
|Samples||Awed by the silence.|
Awful worshippers with bowed heads.
|5.||awful extreme in degree or extent or amount or impact|
|Samples||In a frightful hurry.|
Spent a frightful amount of money.
|Synonyms||frightful, terrible, tremendous|
|6.||awful inspiring awe or admiration or wonder|
|Samples||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.
Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent.
|Synonyms||amazing, awe-inspiring, awesome, awing|
English adverb: awful
|1.||awful used as intensifiers|
I'm awful sorry.
|Synonyms||awfully, frightfully, terribly|