[aw] ,
an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of God; in awe of great political figures.
Archaic. power to inspire fear or reverence.
Obsolete. fear or dread.
verb (used with object), awed, awing.
to inspire with awe.
to influence or restrain by awe.

1250–1300; Middle English aghe, awe < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse agi fear, cognate with Gothic agis, Old English ege, Greek áchos pain

outawe, verb (used with object), outawed, outawing.

1. wonder, veneration.

1. apathy; contempt. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To awe
World English Dictionary
awe (ɔː)
1.  overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread
2.  archaic power to inspire fear or reverence
3.  (tr) to inspire with reverence or dread
[C13: from Old Norse agi; related to Gothic agis fear, Greek akhesthai to be grieved]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.N. agi "fright," from P.Gmc. *agiz- (cf. O.E. ege "fear," O.H.G. agiso "fright, terror," Goth. agis "fear, anguish"), from PIE *agh-es- (cf. Gk. akhos "pain, grief"), from base *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid" (see ail). Current sense of "dread mixed with veneration"
is due to biblical use with ref. to the Supreme Being. The verb is first attested c.1300. Awe-inspiring is recorded from 1814.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Computing Dictionary

AWE definition

Advanced WavEffect

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
Cite This Source
Example sentences
And it takes away not one whit of the awe and sheer amazement such an event
It is this kind of research that leaves me overwhelmed by awe and amazement.
Revealing and concealing at the same time, this book visits upon the reader the
  awe and mystery of an almost sacred initiation.
My young friend looked at me with a mixture of awe and compassion.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature