Definition of


  1. (adj, all) inspiring awe or admiration or wonder
    the Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring sight
    the awesome complexity of the universe
    this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath
    Westminster Hall's awing majesty, so vast, so high, so silent

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Awesome

amazing, awe-inspiring, awful, awing

Origin of the word Awesome

  1. c.1600, "profoundly reverential," from awe + -some. 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. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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