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awesome

[aw-suh m] /ˈɔ səm/
adjective
1.
causing or inducing awe; inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear:
an awesome sight.
2.
exhibiting or marked by awe; showing reverence, admiration, or fear.
3.
Slang. very impressive:
That new white convertible is totally awesome.
Origin of awesome
1590-1600
1590-1600; awe + -some1
Related forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
Can be confused
awful, awesome, offal.
Usage note
See awful.
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  • awesomely it sounded at the touch of the god, while he sang sweetly to its note.

  • In the all too near distance, awesomely vast and ruddy columns of fire rose and fell with monotonous regularity.

    Vulcan's Workshop Harl Vincent
  • A breeze fluttered sash ends and tugged at cloaks, otherwise the assembly was motionless and awesomely quiet.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • "We will all have to die too," she said, awesomely to herself, her eyes traveling about the circle of faces.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Norris
  • The acid—if that was what the red stuff was—was awesomely powerful, at least with inorganic substances.

British Dictionary definitions for awesomely

awesome

/ˈɔːsəm/
adjective
1.
inspiring or displaying awe
2.
(slang) excellent or outstanding
Derived Forms
awesomely, adverb
awesomeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for awesomely

awesome

adj.

1590s, "profoundly reverential," from awe (n.) + -some (1). Meaning "inspiring awe" is from 1670s; weakened colloquial sense of "impressive, very good" is recorded by 1961 and was in vogue from after c.1980. Related: Awesomely; awesomeness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for awesomely

awesome

adjective

Excellent; wonderful; outstanding; cool, neat (Teenagers)

interjection

Excellent! Great!: You fixed it? Awesome!

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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