Oppressing with fear or horror; appalling, terrible. (adjective)
Inspiring awe; filling with profound reverence or respect; profoundly impressive. (adjective)
Struck or filled with awe. (adjective)
Worshipful; reverential; law-abiding. (adjective)
Exceedingly great; usually applied intensively. (adjective)
Very bad. (adjective)
Very, extremely; as, an awful big house. (adverb)
Examples of word awful
"It is an awful, _awful_ thing that the boys of Polktown can even get hold of such stuff to make them so ill."
"Yer takin 'awful chances, miss -- just _awful_," warned the neighbor, edging backward toward her house with the air of having completed her duty.
“Oh, Jack, you awful, _awful_ liar, what shall I say to you?”
This book is written from a Protestant standpoint, but by a man who was a Catholic fifty-six years before he ever became a Protestant, and we feel absolutely certain that the Catholic world will endeavor to throttle its circulation, but we have laid aside every vestige of fear from that standpoint and have made up our mind that we are no better than Martin Luther, and thousands of Protestants who were burned at the stake by Catholicism for proclaiming to the world the awful deeds of that _awful creed_.
To Clytie he once said, of something for which he was about to ask her permission, "Oh, it must be awful, _awful_ wicked -- because I want to do it very, very much!