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[god-aw-fuh l] /ˈgɒdˈɔ fəl/
adjective, (sometimes lowercase) Informal.
extremely dreadful or shocking:
What a God-awful thing to say!
Origin of God-awful
1875-80; Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Maybe he was psycho and they didn't notice; they had some godawful asses for psychiatrists in war medicine.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • He sat there, wearing the headphones, trying to make himself understood above the godawful static.

    The Holes Around Mars Jerome Bixby
Word Origin and History for godawful

"terrible," 1878, from God + awful. The God might be an intensifier or the whole might be from the frequent God's awful (vengeance, judgment, etc.) in religious literature.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Wretched; miserable; inferior: cases that would never have come up but for this god-awful legislation


Extremely: Ain't it god-awful cold in here? (1878+)

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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