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awed

[awd] /ɔd/
adjective
1.
filled with or expressing awe.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; awe + -ed2
Related forms
awedly
[aw-id-lee, awd-] /ˈɔ ɪd li, ˈɔd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
awedness, noun
unawed, adjective

awe

[aw] /ɔ/
noun
1.
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.
2.
Archaic. power to inspire fear or reverence.
3.
Obsolete. fear or dread.
verb (used with object), awed, awing.
4.
to inspire with awe.
5.
to influence or restrain by awe.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English aghe, awe < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse agi fear, cognate with Gothic agis, Old English ege, Greek áchos pain
Related forms
outawe, verb (used with object), outawed, outawing.
Synonyms
1. wonder, veneration.
Antonyms
1. apathy; contempt.
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Examples for awed
  • It recounts modern scientists who are still awed and humbled at the sight.
  • Properly awed by her subject, she seeks to nudge and provoke readers, not overpower them.
  • They were not awed by the fact that they were sitting before a serious historical work.
  • And prepare to be awed by how they fly in formation.
  • He was awed by their scale and magnitude, by their design, and by the efficiency of the use of materials.
  • As a caver, he was awed by the courage and resourcefulness that such long-term survival underground must have demanded.
  • Many lesser mortals have been awed by the spectacle.
  • Jack tells his story with a cynical humor, a raw vitality and an awed wonder that are immense.
  • His inner security was tempered by the humility that comes from being awed by nature.
  • The narcissism that once awed the world with its leather shine and gleaming enamel has let itself slide.
British Dictionary definitions for awed

awe

/ɔː/
noun
1.
overwhelming wonder, admiration, respect, or dread
2.
(archaic) power to inspire fear or reverence
verb
3.
(transitive) to inspire with reverence or dread
Derived Forms
aweless, (US) awless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse agi; related to Gothic agis fear, Greek akhesthai to be grieved
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Word Origin and History for awed

awe

n.

c.1300, earlier aghe, c.1200, from a Scandinavian source, e.g. Old Norse agi "fright;" from Proto-Germanic *agiz- (cf. Old English ege "fear," Old High German agiso "fright, terror," Gothic agis "fear, anguish"), from PIE *agh-es- (cf. Greek akhos "pain, grief"), from root *agh- "to be depressed, be afraid" (see ail). Current sense of "dread mixed with veneration" is due to biblical use with reference to the Supreme Being. Awe-inspiring is recorded from 1814.

v.

c.1300, from awe (n.); Old English had egan (v.). Related: Awed; awing.

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