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What Is Awful? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS AWFUL – In this topic, we will first know the definition of this term and how is this term used in sentences.

WHAT IS AWFUL

Definition

The Oxford Dictionary defines the term as the following:

  • very bad or unpleasant
  • extremely shocking; horrific
  • (of a person) very unwell, troubled, or unhappy.
  • used to emphasize the extent of something, especially something unpleasant or negative.
  • awfully; very.

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • extremely disagreeable or objectionable
  • exceedingly great —used as an intensive
  • deeply respectful or reverential

Synonyms

Here are some of the following synonyms of this term:

  • very unpleasant
  • disgusting
  • nasty
  • terrible
  • dreadful
  • ghastly
  • horrid
  • horrible
  • vile
  • foul
  • abominable
  • serious
  • grave
  • bad
  • terrible
  • dreadful
  • alarming

Etymology

It is a combination of the term ‘awe’ and the suffix ‘-ful’.

  • Are you going to tell everyone…those awful stories about my great-aunt?
  • If I had a horse like you I wouldn’t drag him out in this awful desert.
  • She shook her head, once again amazed at how awful pain was.
  • The awful truth about his disappearance finally dawned on her.

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