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  1. A feeling of fear and reverence.
  2. A feeling of amazement.

For the awe-inspiring as an aesthetic category, see sublime (philosophy).



Causing awe or terror; inspiring wonder or excitement.

  1. The waterfall in the middle of the rainforest was an awesome sight.
    The tsunami was awesome in its destructive power.
  2. colloquial; Excellent, exciting, remarkable.
    That was awesome!, That's awesome!!
    Awesome, dude!

Usage notes

The oldest meaning of "awesome" is "something which inspires awe", but the word is also a common slang expression in the English language. As the original meaning of awesome has become somewhat antiquated in general use, the term awe-inspiring is now generally used for the same meaning.

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